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Minister says SGI won't change how it collects injury info despite criticism

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REGINA - The minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance says the corporation will not change how it collects information on an injury claim, despite criticism from the province's privacy commissioner.

Donna Harpauer (HAR'-power) says SGI gets any medical information that a doctor's office provides when an injury claim is made.

Privacy commissioner Gary Dickson took issue this week with SGI for over-collecting information.

Dickson said in a report that SGI only needed information on a woman's neck and back injuries for an accident claim, but it got her entire medical file —including a note on a sexually-transmitted disease she had years earlier.

Harpauer acknowledges the STD information was not relevant to the claim.

But she says doctors' offices are too busy to vet information out of a medical file and SGI will keep it confidential.

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