A warning from a B.C. Privacy Group about Manitoba’s plan to combine your driver’s licence with your health card.
Director Vincent Gogolek notes when British Columbia made the change the cost was much higher than the $13 million projected by the Selinger government. Gogolek suggests a better health card would have been cheaper.
“The previous health card did not have a picture ID, it didn’t have an expiry date. Those would have seemed to have been the two more obvious ways of fixing any problem that existed.”
But the vice president of MPI is not concerned the price of a combined health card and driver’s licence will soar like happened in British Columbia.
Ward Keith says B.C. opted to change the technology in the cards which Manitoba is not doing. The MPI spokesperson reiterated that confidential information will not be accessible between the insurance government and the ministry of health.
“We have made a very strong commitment, not just to the government but to the ombudsman and to all Manitobans that privacy and confidentiality is of critical importance here,” Keith says. “We will be developing this system that ensures that MPI has no access to health data and health has no access to driver data. The only connecting data between the two sources will be the health number.”
The province announced yesterday starting in the fall of 2017 the number on your paper health card will be on the back of your driver’s licence.