Jared Reed reports:
Medical groups say heavy fines for practices that breach regulations for the new unique health identifier legislation are unnecessary and will stop doctors using them in the first place.
Contravening a minor regulation exposes practices of fines of up to $5,500 a time.
The legislation, due for debate in the Senate next month, will propose a two-year transition period for users to become familiar with the new system and rules. But consumer groups are insisting on immediate enforcement to preserve privacy and to track who might have unnecessarily accessed an identifier.
Medical indemnity providers warn that the need for practices to keep records and logs of UHIs will create an “exceptionally onerous” burden for GPs and have potential medicolegal implications if it detracts from care.
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