5 fast facts on My Health Record opt-outs

Close to one million have opted out, but those numbers are lower than expected

Almost one million Australians have chosen not to have a My Health Record since the opt-out period began in July.

The number of Australians who have opted out is almost five times the number of those who have signed up for the digital health record, a Senate committee inquiry into the digital health database has heard.

But those opt-out figures were lower than expected, Australian Digital Health Agency chief executive Tim Kelsey told the committee.

"We had anticipated significantly higher levels of opt-out than we're seeing and we certainly hadn't anticipated such high levels of opt-in," he said.

In other figures reported to the inquiry: 

  • The 900,000 opt-outs represents about 3% of the 28 million people eligible for a My Health Record, Mr Kelsey said.
  • Around 181,000 have signed up to the scheme since July. There are now 6.1 million people&nbsp