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Health ID Bill Consideration Set for May 11

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 17, 2010

Following a week of testimony and a report recommending its adoption by the Senate Community Affairs Committee, the full Senate's consideration of the government's proposed Healthcare Identifiers Bill is not scheduled to take place until budget day on May 11, The Australian reports. Medical software specialists and privacy advocates are among those who have been raising questions about the service, which is to be overseen initially by Medicare Australia. "I'm really pleased the government is not going to try and steamroller this one," said Prof. Graham Greenleaf, co-director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of NSW, adding the bill should not move forward "until the whole package for electronic health records legislation is put before Parliament."
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