AU: Heath identifier function creep threatens data privacy says Coalition

Kareen Dearne reports:

The Senate Community Affairs committee has recommended passage of the controversial Healthcare Identifiers Bill, despite the minority Coalition members calling for amendments to ensure patient privacy and prevent personal identifiers being turned into a national identity regime.

Last night, the committee recommended developing a plan to introduce the scheme over the next two years, opening it to public comment before finalisation.

“The National E-Health Transition Authority in partnership with the Health Department and Medicare should more effectively engage all stakeholders in establishing the HI service,” it said.

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