$485m for e-health is ‘good money after bad’

THE government’s $485 million budget commitment to the personally controlled electronic health record has been met with scepticism by clinicians who say their e-health concerns have historically been ignored.

The Consumers Health Forum was one of the first stakeholder groups to welcome the “rescue package”, along with news that the PCEHR will go from an opt-in to an opt-out system as per one recommendation of the PCEHR’s comprehensive review completed in 2013.

“A common plea we hear from consumers is the frustration they

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