PCEHR registration to be rewritten

The draft conditions have been panned by health insurers and industry experts, and prompted AMA secretary general Francis Sullivan to warn the requirements were unfair and would “deter every medical practice in Australia from participating”.

MDA National president Associate Professor Julian Rait said any lawyer would say the condition requiring access to a practice’s premises, IT systems, records and staff was “a dealbreaker”.

Professor Rait said the Medical Indemnity Industry Association of Australia, of which MDA National is a member, had provided feedback to the department on the draft conditions and said the association “would not advise doctors to participate with such onerous conditions”.

“[The condition granting access to premises and records] causes particular concern because it is analogous to a search and seizure type clause,” he said.

“We would say it would be foolhardy