Health Reform Patients


A lot has been reported about the Commonwealth Government’s roll-out of the My Health Record. In particular, the privacy concerns raised by the public and consumer groups. But changes to the My Health Record system may have just solved these issues.

  • What’s different now? A change in the law enabling people to permanently delete their My Health Record should strengthen public trust in the system. The Australian Digital Health Agency has confirmed that as of 24 January 2019, the permanent delete function has been activated to allow users to wipe their record and its backups at any time.

CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said she believes “this change will reassure those people who were concerned that their decision to opt-out of the MHR would not prevent their record being accessed by an official at some later time”.

The Consumers Health Forum has strongly supported a secure national health records system for some time, stating their belief in the potential benefits it offers to consumers and health providers.

KEY INSIGHT: Approx. 1 million people have already chosen to opt-out of having a MHR created for them by the government. The deadline for people to opt-out of the MHR is January 31.

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