PRIVACY POLICY

STC Privacy Policy for the Internet

Surgical Tourism Canada (STC) processes information of a confidential nature. STC is very sensitive to privacy issues on the Internet. For this reason, we have taken a "go-slow" approach to online transactions in this Web site to protect client confidentiality.

In general, you can visit our STC Web site without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. Our Web servers collect domain names, not the e-mail addresses of visitors to our site. We use the statistics, such as the number of visits, the average time spent on the site, pages viewed, etc., in order to measure the use of our site and to improve our content.

There are times, however, when we may need information from you. Examples include an e-mail address to respond to your questions to best serve you. We do not share information we collect with any outside partner or organization.

We are initially relying on the Fax, telephone or the regular post office / courier media or visits to our office to exchange personal information with clients and potential clients in terms of establishing a relationship. This will ensure that both parties have a paper record of the expectations and conditions each has of the relationships. This paper record will ensure mutual accountability.

STC will retain minimum record of transactions that may transpire between STC and our clients beyond two years. The information retained by STC will consist of Names, addresses and dates using STC and reason for using STC services. For example, we shall keep track of STC clients who are on provincial waitlists in Canada. We shall also retain demographic data on age sex and location. This kind of information will be used for internal research purposes only.

 

Any publications arising from the analysis of STC information will present data in the aggregate. For example we may compare numbers of people receiving STC services on waitlists in one province relative to another. These type of analyses will be published on our website and possibly other health care publications with no identification of individuals.

The actual medical records will be retained in the possession of the medical practitioners who are responsible for treating the patient. No medical records will be stored on STC premises longer than it takes to facilitate services between patient and attending physicians in India and Canada.

In the future and as the need arises we will facilitate on line registration. If it is possible and convenient clients or potential clients may choose to communicate with us by scanning a form or a letter and sending it as an attachment to an Email. We shall accept such message medium with the understanding that Email messaging is not always 100% secure and the choice to communicate in this way is that of the client or potential client.

At times, we will also be conducting online surveys to better understand the needs and profile of our visitors. With any survey we do, we will let you know how we intend to use the information at the time we conduct the survey.

We shall be establishing e-mail links to related organizations to STC Partners. While we try to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites.