Taxpayer bill for My Health Record system now at $1.15B – and growing

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The Federal Government has splashed $1.15B on the controversial health system, up to June 30 this year, according to the Department of Health. In total, over $1.2B has been allocated to its budget up to the 2017/18 FY.

But despite the big spending, only 4.4 million Australians currently have a My Health Record, or about 18%.

According to a Department of Health spokesperson, there are more healthcare providers now using my system, an average of over 4,000 a week in the last three months compared to 2,200 providers in the three months up to February 7, 2016.

Launched by Labor in 2012 as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), the original ‘opt-in’ scheme managed to get just 2.2 million people, or 10% of the population, to sign up in three years.

Instead of scrapping it, the new Coalition government announced in the 2015-16 budget it would spend a further $485 million moving the system to an opt-out model.
Image: My Health Record Statistics – as at 4 December 2016.