Federal Government: Healthcare Identifiers Bill passed by Senate

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The Federal Government has successfully navigated its Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010 and the Healthcare Identifiers (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010 through the Senate. The bills permit e-health authority NeHTA and Medicare Australia to begin assigning the unique, 16-digit individual healthcare identifiers (IHI) to each member of the Australian public. More information is available at www.ehealthinfo.gov.au or www.medicare.gov.au