This is a reminder for Aussies to make a choice about whether you want a centralised online My Health Record created for “you”, otherwise it will be created for “you” automatically whether you like it or not. The deadline to opt-out of the My Health Record scheme is 15 October 2018.
The re-badged My Health Record is moving from an opt-in arrangement to an opt-out arrangement. This is because there are apparently many health benefits that people are choosing to miss out on. The suggestion has been made that people either do not know of this wonderful opportunity to register for a My Health Record or are too lazy to do so, so the promoters of the opt-out provisions are counting on people being too lazy to opt-out.
Your My Health Record is a potential treasure trove of health information that all sorts of characters will be out to plunder legally and illegally. The Government and the Opposition are both sure that the privacy of your records can be protected provided you jump through many hoops and trust them.
All that aside, you may wish to consider whether the potential health benefits are sufficient to outweigh the risk of your data privacy being compromised. It has been reported that the former head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Terry Moran, recently alluded that the Australian Public Service was incompetent. This begs the question as to why such an important, high risk initiative like the My Health Record should be left to civil servants not equipped to competently implement it. Oh wait, perhaps like many of the Government’s other important public services and associated infrastructure, the management of the supporting IT systems and storage of the My Health Record data will be outsourced to a third party?
Anyway, you should do your own research. But please make sure you take the initiative and decide for yourself whether you want a health record created for “you”. And don’t leave it too long to do so because you have to provide all sorts of private information to be able to opt-out. Don’t want to opt-out online? Well that’s too bad. That is the only choice given. However, you may ring a helpline if you need assistance.
For information on how to opt out, see https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/for-you-your-family/opt-out-my-health-record
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