Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Is This The First Leak On The Outcome Of The PCEHR Review? I Wonder.
This appeared today in the AFR.
The Abbott government is considering publishing a review into the previous government’s eHealth scheme before the budget, prompting speculation the $1 billion program is in line for cuts.
Health Minister Peter Dutton has previously signalled his opposition to the scheme, which allows patients to opt-in to a personal electronic record of their medical history, calling the rollout under Labor a “scandal”.
The government was handed the results of the review in January this year, with its authors left in the dark about a release date. Freedom of information requests to obtain the report have been refused.
“We thought it was going to be mid-January, then mid-February, then April,” said panel member and Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton.
“eHealth is really on hold at the moment in Australia . . . everything is waiting on clarification as to the direction.”
The report is understood to recommend the eHealth system be retained but with changes made to its operation. Mr Dutton was unavailable for comment on Monday. After a slow start in uptake criticised by Mr Dutton, 1.5 million Australians were signed up for personal eHealth records by April 9.
This would seem to support the conclusion that eHealth may survive but not in its present form as suggested in yesterday’s blog here:
What do you think?
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Tuesday, April 15, 2014