The all-in health system is coming – are you ready for it? 27



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A million Australians will be guinea pigs for what the government hope to be the future of Australia’s health care system.

If the trial is a success, we’ll all be moving to the new system, whether we like it or not.

The move to an online medical records system has been on the horizon for a few years now, but so far the uptake has been slow.

In a speech at the National Press Club, Health Minister Sussan Ley said the government would be reviving a former Labor model — known as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record, renamed by the Coalition as My Health Record — following a review of the troubled system last year.

“One of the great criticisms of Labor’s model was that it could not be used unless a patient signed up, rather than an all-inclusive system that simply gives those consumers who do not want their medical history made available the option to opt-out,” she said.

More than three dozen changes were recommended, including making the system opt-out, rather than opt-in. This means people will have to actively request that their health records are not stored online.

Another change is that people will have full access to their own health records meaning, in theory, they could take them to a nutritionist or even an app developer for a custom-made program or health app, says Ms Ley.

For many of us, the idea of having all our health records online may seem alarming –opening up our most intimate details to the risk of hacking or misuse. However, it does mean we don’t need to move our health records around when we move, or remember the finer details of every illness or concern.

How do you feel about the push to put our health records online? What concerns do you have? And would you support an opt-out system?



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  1. Yes, a conservative gov is not for the working class & pensioners, history tells us that. It leaves a sense of uncertainty & insecurity.

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  2. I have no problem with my medical records being online. I think it is the way of the future. Will make it easier when you change doctors.

  3. Well they had few takers for the earlier scheme which I guess says how most of us feel about ‘big brother’. I reckon I will be opting out if it goes ahed. I prefer a doctor to monitor my health – not a public servant and definitely not anything linked to the Health Dept. Just think about how Centrelink manages our data

  4. I have no faith in this government providing an acceptable medical system for Australia, they do not have the intelligence to understand what Australians need. This government is too far removed from where they need to be and that’s because they do not have the aptitude to manage the fundamentals.

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    • I was approached in Centrelink when Rudd was PM to be a part of this ‘program’ so I don’t see how it is any one governing body who is to blame as they both obviously think somewhat the same….just saying….

  5. My health treatment has been nonexistent up to now. How can they improve on so much incompetence. The worst thing a medical person can say is ‘ you are deteriating at an acceptable level’. To whom I ask and they laugh.

  6. There’s not too many things online that are secure. How many folks would want their health records viewed by other than doctors.

  7. Think it is a marvelous idea. We are already on line. We are travelling in our van full time & need medical professionals to be able to access it. We even have a health app on our ph with basic details stored.

  8. I agree . I watched her today as well and was appalled at her attitude. I think she sees herself as some sort of saviour, but it’s not Medicare that she’s saving

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