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Ontario patients should have access to electronic medical records: report

Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he agrees with a call to give patients access to their electronic medical records.

The Liberal government's privatization czar, Ed Clark, recommends eHealth Ontario's role be refocused more on service delivery, and says patients should be able to interact with their own personal health information.

Clark, the former TD Bank CEO, says eHealth's value to the health care system is at least $5.7 billion, greater than the cost of building it, and he doesn't think it or any of its assets should be sold to the private sector.

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Hoskins says Clark's recommendations are consistent with his focus on a "patients-first" system, and the valuation gives the government "greater clarity how to best leverage and manage" the assets going forward.

Both Hoskins and Clark insisted there will be no sale of eHealth or any of its assets, but the New Democrats say they don't believe them.

NDP finance critic Catherine Fife says the government is using the same language to talk about eHealth that it did to justify the sale of Hydro One, which she notes the Liberals had originally said they would not do.

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