(I've moved this here to avoid hijacking the more general 'rock and a liberal' thread and copied the relevant posts)
RE medical records
The Liberal government has contracted out the management of medical records in BC to a US company. this means the records would be subject to the scrutiny of the US governmnent by virtue of the Patriot Act. Now, not only does this represent a huge risk of violation of privacy, sending our records to the U.S. removes any real means of accountability for the misuse or mismanagement of those medical records once they leave BC. The records involved include medical history, hospital records and prescription records.
Under the contract, MSP and Pharmacare are managed by Maximus in the US (via a Canadian subsidiary). The company has faced fines for not meeting its contractual obligations with BC and has a history of problems in many states in the U.S. (including being found guilty of misappropriation of public funds in Wisconsin, settling a massive fraud case in DC for 30.5 million, and it is also facing criminal charges). The contract is set to expire in 2014. All very reassuring.
link to Maximus' website : http://www.maximus.com/corporate/pages/international-bchbo.asp
My 2 Cents:
It is important to note that your personal medical records that are collected and managed by your primary care giver (family/clinic physician) are managed by that physician. They are not the property of the Government of BC/Ministry of Health. Physicians don't give these records to the Government for storage.