8 million patients contacted under govt research deals

Bureaucrats have used PBS script and MBS data to target millions on behalf of medical researchers
Prof Hickie
Professor Ian Hickie.

Federal bureaucrats have used PBS script and MBS information to trace eight million patients on behalf of medical researchers, Australian Doctor has learnt.

Last month, psychiatrists condemned a decision by the Department of Human Services to send letters to 50,000 patients prescribed lithium carbonate inviting them to sign up to a study being run by the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Queensland.