Confusion as government sets launch date for paperless scripts

$30 million is earmarked for the project, but details remain sparse

A Federal Government pledge to allow doctors to use their clinical software to issue legally valid e-prescriptions from October next year is already causing confusion.

GP computer

The government earmarked almost $30 million for paperless prescribing in last week's budget.

But it’s not clear what the money - significantly more than the extra cash allocated for the Health Care Homes reforms - will be actually spent on.

It is highly likely legislation will have to be amended because the paper script is presently the only legal ‘version of record’.

Budget papers