Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation

Media release: Government agrees to Medicare Review recommendations

16 February 2018

The Hon Michael Keenan MP

Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health

The Turnbull Government has agreed or agreed in principle to all 14 recommendations from the Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers.

We are committed to protecting the personal information of the Australian people.

These recommendations will make practical improvements to the security of Medicare numbers, without increasing the administrative burden on health professionals.

The Government engaged extensively with the health sector to inform our response to this review and will continue this consultation throughout the implementation process.

Professor Peter Shergold AC led the review with an expert panel including the President of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Michael Gannon represented by Dr Kean Seng Lim, and the President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr Bastian Seidel.

The Government will also soon table its response to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee Inquiry into ‘the circumstances in which Australians’ personal Medicare information has been compromised and made available for sale illegally on the ‘dark web’.

Read more about the Government’s response to the Independent Review

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