AMA Appearance in Senate Medicare card Inquiry
The AMA has provided a submission in response to the Senate Inquiry being conducted by the Finance and Public Administration Committee regarding the circumstances in which Australians' personal Medicare information has been compromised and made available for sale illegally on the 'dark web'.
The AMA will appear before the Senate Inquiry today and will emphasise the importance of ensuring that Medicare numbers cannot be accessed inappropriately. As with the previous AMA Submission to the Independent Review of Health Providers' Access to Medicare Card Numbers, the AMA states that any recommendations made as a result of the Senate Inquiry need to be proportionate to the risks.
The administrative burden on practitioners or practices must not be increased, nor should any unnecessary barriers be introduced which will impact negatively on patients, particularly vulnerable or disadvantaged patients, access to care.