Did you know that children and teenagers have the
same rights to privacy and confidentiality as adults?
This page will help answer questions about “confidential healthcare”.
Don’t know what that means? Don’t worry. We hope you will after you read this.
Confidential means the information you share with your healthcare provider is
private and won’t be shared with your parents, caregivers, or others outside of your healthcare team.
By law, you have the right to confidential healthcare.
Yes, there are exceptions to this rule to protect your safety. Your healthcare provider may need to share information about you if they think you are:
Sharing this type of information helps protect your safety. If your healthcare provider is worried about you, they should tell you that they have concerns and need to talk to other people to make sure you are safe.
No. If there is something you want to talk to your healthcare provider about without your parents or caregivers knowing, ask to talk to them alone.
It is safe to talk to your healthcare provider about anything. Don’t be afraid to tell them things about you and your health. They have heard it all before and should respect your privacy as long as you are safe.
Your healthcare provider wants to help you and do what is best for you.
Current as of: July 26, 2019
Author: Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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