While some extra privacy safeguards have been added to the My Health Record system, you can still opt out of the program. After this Thursday, 31 January 2019, if you haven't opted out of the program, A My Health Record will be created for you.
As well the opportunity to opt out before Thursday, one of the changes made as a result of the outcry last year of the system is that you'll be able to delete your My Health Record data.
You'll need you Medicare card number and a driver's license or some other form of ID to opt out.
- Go to the My Health Record opt out page.
- Choose whether you're opting out for yourself or your children.
- Verify your identity with one of the required identity documents and your Medicare Card number.
- Confirm your decision by pressing the Submit button.
If you've already created a record and have changed your mind, you can delete your My Health Record Data by signing into the My Gov portal, entering the My Health Record portal and then choosing Profile and settings | Profile. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you'll find the Cancel My Health Record button.
Plenty of ink and pixels have been spilt on whether the My Health Record system is secure and whether it will help people receive better health care. I encourage you, if you haven't already, to read about it and make an informed decision.