When a physician new to the Northwest Territories applies for a license, he or she must complete a form which includes the questions below. Misrepresentation or falsification of the information on the form may cause the application to be rejected, and may result in such information being shared with other Licensing Authorities.
As well, when applying for a medical license in the GNWT, a Certificate of Standing from each jurisdiction in which the physician has practiced is required.
|PIPEDA||Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
This privacy law covers private-sector commercial organizations, including medical clinics and physicians in private practice.
|Privacy Act||Privacy Act
This privacy law relates to an individual's right to access and correct personal information the Government of Canada holds about them.
|HIPA||Health Information Protection Act
This legislation, locally enacted by each province, governs the trustees of health records.
The federal PIPEDA law governs private-sector organizations engaged in commercial activities across Canada. It sets down clear rules for how these organizations may collect, use, or disclose personal information, and guarantees concrete avenues for amending flawed information. PIPEDA applies to medical clinics and physicians in private practice.
Some provinces have HIPA legislation that, on inspection, is deemed ‘substantially similar’ to the health-records subset of PIPEDA. An organization that operates solely within such a province will be exempt from PIPEDA, unless the personal information crosses provincial or national borders.
But more than half the provinces and territories have HIPA legislation which is not substantially similar to PIPEDA. In such provinces, an application to PIPEDA may succeed.
The Great Northwest Territories is a non-compliant region – its local legislation, the Northwest Territories Health Information Act, offers less protection for health records, and reveals less respect for patients, than the farsighted PIPEDA. Compliance oversight belongs to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
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