E-health records one step closer

Ms Roxon said the proposed national system – which has attracted criticism from doctors for the lack of remuneration offered to GPs who would be responsible for helping to set up and maintain the records – would drag
the management of health records into the 21st century.

She said individuals' health information was fragmented rather than attached to the patient, resulting in unnecessary retesting, delays and medical errors.

Hospital studies have indicated that 9–17% of tests are unnecessary duplicates, and 18% of medical errors are attributed to inadequate patient information.

Ms Roxon said a government analysis estimated the net economic benefit of e-health records at $11.5 billion to 2025.

The absence of such records demonstrated the difficulties of health reform – "the fragmentation, the vested interests and the balancing priorities".

Ms Roxon said the bill would set up the legal