Australians will have three months from today to decide if they want to opt out of insurance companies being able to access their health information from the federal government’s digital health database.
The system called “My Health Record” is designed so insurance companies and other corporations will be able to see what conditions or allergies you have, and medications you are on.
“It allows choice and control,” says a spokesman for the agency behind My Health Record, “the choice for working Australians to ignore the privacy dangers by doing nothing and the control for bad actors to access individual health records.”
The government is confident most people will be too busy, lazy or lack the digital know-how to opt out.
“I don’t know if I’ll have time to opt out,” says 38-year-old local woman Sarah Grove, “I have another 8 backyard reveals to watch on Channel 7 this month.”
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