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Australia Health Minister backs down on My Health Record

15:02  31 july  2018
15:02  31 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Health Minister Greg Hunt will re-draft the My Health record legislation. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer. Australians may be given an extra month to opt out of the MyHealth Record after Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt agreed to tear up the legislation behind the controversial system to protect

My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. Give your doctors access to your important health information like medicines, allergies and test results, which can mean safer and more efficient care for you and your family.

Health Minister Greg Hunt will re-draft the My Health record legislation.© Dominic Lorrimer Health Minister Greg Hunt will re-draft the My Health record legislation.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has bowed to pressure and agreed to tear up the controversial legislation behind the My Health Record to protect patients from having their medical records accessed by police.

Following crisis talks with the head of the Australian Medical Association in Melbourne on Tuesday night, Mr Hunt confimed in a statement that the My Health Record Act will be redrafted.

"The amendment will ensure no record can be released to police or government agencies, for any purpose, without a court order," the statement said.

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Health Minister Greg Hunt announced changes to My Health Record privacy provisions, following talks with the Australian Medical Association and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners .

"The Digital Health Agency’s policy is clear and categorical - no documents have been released in more than six years and no documents will be released without a court order. This will be enshrined in legislation."

Mr Hunt said the reform would "remove any ambiguity on this matter".

He added that the legislation would also be amended to ensure that if any Australian wished to cancel their record, they could do so permanently, with their record deleted from the system.

"The government will also work with medical leaders on additional communications to the public about the benefits and purpose of the My Health Record, so they can make an informed choice," Mr Hunt said.

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AMA President Tony Bartone told Fairfax Media that he had enjoyed a "frank and constructive discussion" with Mr Hunt and welcomed the Minister's decision, which he said would allow patients to make "an informed choice".

"In addition, we’ve also impressed upon the Minister that there’s a need to have some clear air, to ensure that the community has time to fully understand what is a My Health Record and what is entailed in the opt out process," Dr Bartone said.

He said the Minister had agreed to consider extending the opt-out period by a month from the October 15 deadline, to allow Australians to become informed of their options.

Mr Hunt is expected to raise the proposed extension with state health ministers at this week's COAG meeting.

Dr Bartone sought to meet Mr Hunt after doctors, patients and privacy advocates raised a raft of concerns about the My Health Record Act.

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My Health Record is the national digital health record system. It allows you to share your health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. You can control what goes into it and who is allowed to access it.

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He last week vowed to do "whatever it takes" to safeguard patients' interests.

It is understood that support for a redrafting of the legislation emerged within the Liberal Party after last weekend's byelections, in which Labor bolstered its position in part by attacking the Turnbull government's record on health.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten seized on the issue in Tasmania on Tuesday, as he celebrated Labor's Braddon byelection victory alongside member-elect Justine Keay.

Mr Shorten said that while he supported digitising health records in principle, "this government is really bungling it".

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson also came out against the system, posting detailed instructions on how her supporters can opt out.

"I’m sorry, but with cyber hacking at an all time high, I can understand the general public's concerns with their personal details being kept online," Ms Hanson said in a statement on Tuesday.

Queensland Health Minister Dr Steven Miles has threatened to disrupt the three-month opt-out roll-out period, calling for this week's Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on Thursday between states and territories to discuss whether to suspend it.

Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk has also raised concerns with Mr Hunt and the Australian Digital Health Agency, which is administering the scheme, while former AMA President Kerryn Phelps highlighted concerns with the legislation and warned that GPs may boycott the system.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners president Harry Nespolon, who has opted out, last week told Fairfax Media that he believed the government would have "no choice" but to redraft the legislation after backlash from patients and doctors.

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