E-health scandal costing $200,000 a patient: Dutton

Health Minister Peter Dutton said the system cost $1 billion but so far only a few hundred doctors were uploading patients' records into it.

He said this was another Labor problem, although not in the same league as the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Mr Dutton said there were savings to be made in the health budget through the electronics records system.

"The problem is that the former government spent about $1 billion in this area and the number of people actively using the records numbers in the thousands," he told Sky News.

"There are only a few hundred doctors actually uploading details into people's files. It has been a scandal. On those numbers it runs at about $200,000 a patient."

Mr Dutton said the inquiry would examine the funding, contracts and governance arrangements.

"If we don't get it right, I suspect we are going to be having the same discussion in five years’ time, having spent more money but