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AFP: eHealth "Smokescreen" for National ID

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

August 26, 2011

The Australian reports on recent comments made by Australian Privacy Foundation Chairman Roger Clarke that the country's eHealth program is a "smokescreen" for a "centralised patient identification regime." Clarke said that individual healthcare identifiers "are an enabling mechanism for linkage between agencies, allowing the creation of virtually centralised national databases." A spokesman for Health Minister Nicola Roxon responded that, "eHealth records are being developed for the ultimate benefit of patients and not for the conspiracy theory reasons claimed."   
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