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“As a trusted government authority, Medicare has the national infrastructure, as well as the industry and community relationships, needed to securely deliver and maintain the identifiers,” the statement said.

Identifiers will automatically be assigned to all Australians who are listed on a Medicare card or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs treatment card. The legislation also sets out rules for assigning temporary healthcare identifiers to other people, such as non-citizens, who use the health system.

The legislation strictly limits the use of these identifiers to within the healthcare system. They can’t be disclosed to a consumer’s health or life insurance company or employer. The Federal Privacy Commissioner will provide independent oversight of how the identifier can be used.

via ZDNet Australia.

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