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Health Care Update provides information about legal issues, topics and updates affecting health care providers and insurers. In this issue, we look at the impending release of My Health Record, the rise of "claim farming" and a check-in on some recent and significant cases in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

My Health Record

Digital health record system, My Health Record system (MHR), contains “online summaries of an individual’s health information, such as medicines they are taking, any allergies they may have and treatments they have received”, according to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. The MHR operates under the My Health Records Act 2012 and is managed by the Australian Digital Health Agency. We look at how this system will affect the health care industry. Read more...

What does #MeToo mean to you?

#MeToo is arguably one of the largest worldwide phenomena to emerge in the last decade. Given the force for change it now harnesses, what is perhaps most remarkable about the #MeToo movement is the fact that it has its origins in a “hashtag”—which it has long since transcended. We discuss the implications of #MeToo on health care practitioners. Read more...

The effect of claim farming on consent and ethics

The soon-to-be implemented My Health Record system has brought about increased discussion on health records and the maintenance of patient privacy. These topics have been further thrust into the spotlight following a recent Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) investigation into the sharing of information between Australian company, HealthEngine, and certain plaintiff law firms. The investigation has prompted rebuke from lawyers and doctors alike, with claims that the methods implemented invade patient privacy and breach legal ethical standards. Read more...

Can Assessment Committee decisions be appealed?

In a recent NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision, a dental practitioner was denied the right to appeal findings made by an “Assessment Committee”. After receiving a complaint about the dental practitioner, the Dental Council requested that the Assessment Committee conduct an investigation pursuant to s 145B(1)(d) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. Read more...

Updates from SA, QLD and WA

There have been a number of developments in SA, Queensland and WA that affect health care practitioners and insurers. Read more... 

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