No one can get information from your medical file unless you consent.
When you provide information to your doctor regarding your health, you have given your implicit consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information so your doctor can provide appropriate care. You have implicitly consented to the doctor using this information and sending all or part of it to others, such as a lab, hospital, other physicians as necessary.
No information will go to other doctors, lawyers, etc without your specific written consent unless a judge signs a court order. For example, if you are involved in a court case about a car accident, remember that signing a "release of medical information" can allow the lawyers to see information about abortions and other personal information.
Right to access your personal information
As a patient, you have the right to request access to your medical records with us, but do not necessarily have access to everything in your file. PIPA allows doctors to hold back information if it could cause harm to the patient or to others. The clinic's privacy officer will help you fill out the required form to seek access to your records and will explain the process. The privacy officer will also talk to you about the fee for accessing your records.
Right to correct errors or omissions
If you believe there is an error or omission in your records held in our clinic, you can request a correction. Our privacy officer will help you fill out the required form and explain the process.
Within 30 days of receiving your request, we will correct any information in your record that has been verified to be inaccurate. Our office will then send a copy of the corrected patient record to each organization that got the incorrect or incomplete information from us in the past year.
If we decide that no incorrect information exists in your record, we will make a note of the change you asked for and include it in your record to indicate a correction was requested but not made. We will also notify you and provide you with the reasons for not making the requested correction.
If you have a complaint or concern about how your personal information has been collected, used, or disclosed, there is a process in place to deal with it. You have the right to make a written complaint to the clinic. Ideally, dealing directly with the privacy officer in our clinic should solve the problem, and she will try to resolve the matter with you.
The privacy officer will investigate and respond to all complaints within a reasonable time period. If the complaint is found to be justified, appropriate steps will be taken to resolve the complaint including, if necessary, amending office policies and procedures about personal information.
If the clinic has not dealt with your concern to your satisfaction, you can contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and speak with their privacy officer to help solve the issue.
If you are still not satisfied, you can contact the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC, who has the final word on the matter. Our privacy officer will provide you with the necessary contact information and the procedure to follow should you require it.
For more information
If you have questions about how personal information is gathered, used, or disclosed by this office, please contact the clinic.
This information is provided by your physician and the BC Medical Association in cooperation with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia