What you need to know about My Health Record
The opt-out period for My Health Record has been extended until 31 January 2019.
The Senate passed new legislation around the My Health Record. These changes aren't law yet (still need to be passed by the House of Representatives). The changes include tightening who can access records (it will be illegal for insurers and employers to access it), provide greater privacy for teenagers, and allow people to permanently delete their record.
Health Consumers NSW supports all health consumers to make informed decisions about their healthcare. My Health Record is a significant change in the way healthcare is delivered. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation about My Health Record.
This page provides a summary of key points consumers might consider when making the decision whether to opt out or not, references to further sources of information, and some questions that may guide consumers through the decision making process.
We hope this information supports your decision-making about My Health Record.
- What is My Health Record?
- How do you decide whether to opt out or not?
- Some factors to consider
- Security settings and privacy
- Your ability to maintain an online record
- Young people
- Domestic and family violence
- Sensitive health issues or life circumstances
- Government access to your records
- Secondary use of data
- Those most likely to benefit
- How binding is my decision?
- There is so much information about My Health Record. How can I be sure that what I’m reading is reliable?
- Making a decision
- How do I opt out?
- Further information
Source: The information about the My Health Record in this part of our website has been compiled by our friends at Health Consumers Queensland and was first published on their website here. We would like to thank them for allowing us to reproduce the information here.