My Health Record – get it right, extend the opt-out period

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘Getting privacy and security settings right in the My Health Record, and ensuring public and clinician trust, is more important than a rush to end the opt-out period,’ says Alison Verhoeven, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive.

‘AHHA is on the public record as a long-standing supporter of the My Health Record; however privacy and security issues must be dealt with before the opt-out period closes. This will certainly not be achieved before the 15 November opt-out closing date – and indeed, may not be achieved for some months.

‘When the opt-out period was extended to 15 November, Health Minister Hunt noted that this would allow passage of the bill to strengthen the legislation governing the My Health Record. Indications from the Senate today suggest that the Government will not be able to pass the legislation before the end of 2018, and meanwhile, trust and confidence in the system may be jeopardised.

‘Allowing more time to get the legislation right, and to communicate the positive benefits of the My Health Record, including the stronger protections for privacy and security, would be a sensible decision,’ says Ms Verhoeven.

‘A more considered, and less hasty approach, to this significant health reform, is in the best interests of the Australian public and our health system.’

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The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, and community and primary healthcare services.

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Alison Verhoeven
Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
0403 282 501