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One in ten Australians opt out of the My Health Record system, ADHA says

February 22, 2019 / Hafizah Osman

New figures show that one in 10 Australians have opted out of the My Health Record (MHR) system, leaving participation rates at 90.1 per cent. According to the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), based on the number of people eligible for Medicare as at January 31, more than 2.5 million people have opted out of the system, amounting to a national opt out rate of nearly 10 per cent. This is a stark increase from the three per cent, or about 900,000 people, who opted out from when the opt-out period began in July to September 9 last year. While the opt-out period ended on January 31, legislation was recently passed by the Australian Parliament allowing Australians to cancel and have their MHR permanently deleted from the system at any time in future. Similarly, individuals who may have opted out can choose to create a record at any stage. According to the ADHA, records created through the opt-out process will be available shortly. Just a few days ago, ADHA Chief Executive Tim Kelsey...