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CHINA: Draft Regulation Targets Patient Privacy




 

Xinhua News Agency (08.09.12) Aids Weekly Plus

In a new draft amendment to the TB Prevention and Control Regulation, China’s Ministry of Health cautions health departments to respect patients’ privacy and avoid revealing their personal information. The document calls for designated medical institutions to register TB patients and prepare an emergency response plan in the event of a TB outbreak. It also says TB screening should be included in physical exams, and patients with TB must be barred from activities that might cause the disease to spread. Medical facilities that conceal or provide misinformation about TB outbreaks will receive a warning, as will those that disclose private information about TB patients and their close contacts. Those violating the rules will be disciplined or prosecuted. The draft language was published on the website of the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council; the public’s comments are invited.



 


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