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Health ID Bill Delay is Good for Privacy, Some Say

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 18, 2010

Following a week of testimony and a report by the Senate Community Affairs Committee recommending the Healthcare Identifiers Bill's adoption, the Senate's consideration of the proposed bill will not take place until budget day on 11 May, The Australian reports. "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." Meanwhile, Australian Medical Association President Andrew Pesce has cautioned, "Most of the privacy concerns are not covered by this bill and will need to be dealt with in future legislative or administrative arrangements for e-health records themselves."
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