Wednesday, 13 May 2015
The Australian general public overwhelming rejected a national medical records database but the Abbott Government is still insisting on gathering every piece of medical data on citizens that is available
On 10 May 2015 the Australian Minister for Health Sussan Ley freely admitted that two years and ten months after the federal government’s national database of personally controlled health records (PCEHR) opened for business as eHealth less-than one-in-ten Australians have decided to opt-in to this scheme.
Less than one-in-ten appears to indicate that an estimated 18 million adults have decided to not hand over their own medical records and those of their children to a federal government agency.
The Abbott Government’s response, to what can only be seen as an overwhelming rejection by both the general public and GPs, is to insist that all citizens now be mandatorily included in this national database which will allegedly have a new opt-out provision.
The reason given for this move to add every citizen to a re-worked national database is a recommendation contained in an ‘independent’ six-week review of eHealth by a three person panel ordered by then Minister for Health Peter Dutton in November 2013.
This recommendation by Messrs. Royle (Australian Private Hospitals Association), Hambleton (Australian Medical Association) & Walduck (Australia Post) was for an opt-out model to be implemented by 1 January 2015 as there was little meaningful use of the existing opt-in eHealth database.
A brief background of the evolution of this national database on North Coast Voices:
Friday, 17 April 2009 So you want to look through my medical records?
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 Federal Labor and Health Minister Roxon crossing a bridge too far
Thursday, 13 August 2009 Hoyden Laurelhed quite rightly expresses disquiet over Federal Government progression of a national e-health data base
Sunday, 24 January 2010 Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon is not telling the truth about the Medicare e-card
Thursday, 28 January 2010 e-Health: something's rotten in the State of Kevin
Sunday, 7 March 2010 And these are the people Rudd & Co intend to trust with access to a national database containing all your sensitive personal information?
Monday, 15 March 2010 Who's guarding the guards guarding your personal information?
Wednesday, 9 March 2011 Felling unwell? Take two aspirin and stay away from NSW hospitals
Thursday, 14 April 2011 PCEHR opt-in provision expected to allay privacy concerns. Pull the other one!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 So you thought the Gillard Government had promised you would control your own e-Health database information?
Tuesday, 7 February 2012 eHealth – when “We told you so” gives no satisfaction
Wednesday, 7 November 2012 e-Health: join at your own risk
Tuesday, 6 May 2014 e-Health PCEHR platform: what is the Abbott Government trying to hide?