Keep BC Medical in BC

The following ad was placed in (Mar 6, 2004) Times Colonist

by the BCGEU.

The Gordon Campbell Liberals plan to sell off the Medical

Services Plan and PharmaCare to either IBM or Maximus – both American

multi-national corporations – by August 31.

The government will give an American-owned corporation access

to private records on every British Columbian. This includes

health treatment, pharmacy, income tax, mental health and criminal records, as

well as records from the ministries of Children and Family Development

and Human Resources.

A New York expert on the new USA Patriot Act says this could

even give the FBI access to our private medical record.

The Patriot Act allows the FBI to demand corporations

secretly hand over medical records and other personal information of

innocent people. And U legal precedents suggest even if the information is held by

a Canadian subsidiary, the American parent company could be required to

hand it over.

Our personal medical information should not be made available

to private corporations that don’t answer to our privacy laws.

It should remain in the care of public employees who are bound by an oath of

office to keep it confidential.

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