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Government buckles to pressure on My Health Record privacy

The federal government is assuring doctors it will strengthen the law around the My Health Record system.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has bowed to intense pressure to address mounting privacy concerns around the government’s digital health record program.

The law governing who can access the online records will be changed following claims police and other agencies can obtain patient data without a warrant.

The government will also consider extending the opt-out period by a month.

Australian Medical Association President Doctor Tony Bartone tells Chris Smith the government “finally” understands the issue.

“They’ve finally seen the importance of strengthening the legislation, the importance of an increased information campaign and the importance of assuring the trust that the patients expect.”

Mr Bartone confirms patients will now be able to permanently delete their record if they wish.

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