WINNIPEG – The province is scrapping a plan to combine your health card with your drivers’ licence.
It was an idea started by the previous NDP government.
Your health information was going to be added to the back of your plastic licence card, eliminating the need for the paper health card.
But the Tories now say they won’t be moving ahead with the plan.
Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says there were concerns about additional costs, the impact on storage of health information and the work needed to change legislation.
Here is Goertzen’s full statement:
“If the province is looking at implementing a single personal information card, it has to be done right the first time. As the parameters of the project were reviewed, a number of issues were identified that needed to be looked at in more detail. This includes examining the possible policy, legal and legislative changes that might be needed, as well as ways to ensure the safe storage and management of personal health information. We also have to determine how to assess privacy legislation compliance. The decision was made not to proceed, which will prevent additional costs for implementation and ongoing support beyond those anticipated in the initial proposal. The work compiled to date will be used to develop and implement astrategy for identity management that can be applied across government.”