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One in 10 Aussies opt out of health record

More than 2.5 million Australians have opted out of creating a record in the My Health Record system according to figures released by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA).

The ADHA said based on the number eligible for Medicare — 25,459,544 — about 90.1% had opted to have records in the system which has been dogged by controversy. This means 2,520,494 people have opted out.

While the opt-out period ended on 31 January 2019, Australians can cancel and have their My Health Record permanently deleted from the system at any time.

A My Health Record allows healthcare providers involved in your care to view your health records. Health professionals can upload, view and share documents, giving them a more detailed picture with which to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment to you.

Were you one of the 2.5 million Australians who opted out of creating a My Health Record? Why did you make this decision?

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I opted out months ago. No way was I trusting a govt program to keep my details safe. How many times in the last couple of years have we heard about breaches in government internet security? From what I have read many hospitals, health facilities and medical practitioners are not set up for the MHR anyway. I carry a card with a couple of pertinent personal medical facts. That's enough for me.

Only 1 in ten?  

Yes - becasue 90% of Aussies think this governments MyHealth record system is an excellent service for the people

Opted out over 12 months ago. This same system was abandoned in the UK 7 years ago due to safety elements. Talk about Big Brother will never watch you. HA HA

Opted out over 12 months ago. The UK abandoned this system over 7 years ago.

talk about Big Brother will never watch you. Ha Ha

It's for YOUR benefit, do you really think they're interested in your ingown toenail. Or do you have something else sinister to hide?

We travel a lot within Australia and there was one time that my wife had an emergency at Coober Pedy. Quite some time was spent filling in forms and there were lots of checks to rule things out . That, and only that, is the reason that we stayed in. None of us are getting any younger and if it helps with a medical problem when away from home then it has to be a good thing. I respect the choices other people make.

Old Man,

You hit the nail on the head.

If one were travelling and in an accident, the doctors would have immediate access to one's medical records.  This could well mean the difference between life and death.

Indeed, this would be necessary if one was close to home.

Stayed in as I figure FB and other social media giants know way more about me than the governments health database will know. I figure once you’re over 60 we all have so many health things. Who cares if health professionals know about them all. I opted for convenience over privacy. But I respect others decisions

I stayed in. That was my inclination and I also discussed it with my GP. As I have several medical issues, including a severe allergy, it could be to my advantage to stay in. So long as hospital staff bother to check the record!

$25M is about the size of Australia’s population. Parents could chose to opt out for their children, so saying only 10% opted out is incorrect. 

I carry my health record on a memory stick around my neck.

That's handy, wish I'd thought of that Abercrombie!

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