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The Personal Health Information Act and you

Nova Scotia's Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) sets out rules to protect the privacy of personal health information, and for the collection, use, disclosure, retention and destruction of personal health information.

PHIA also sets out rules about your right to:

  • access your personal health information
  • ask for corrections if your health information is not complete, accurate, or up to date
  • make a complaint and request a review if you feel a custodian has not followed the rules under PHIA
  • in certain situations, access the personal health information of a person who has died.

You also have a right to request a review of a decision made under PHIA.  The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia (OIPC) is an independent oversight body responsible for responding to “requests for reviews” under PHIA.

The law aims to balance your privacy rights with the needs of health care providers to share information to support and manage health care.

 Last reviewed: March 2022