This review considered the balance between appropriate access to Medicare card numbers for health professionals and the security of patients’ Medicare card numbers. It makes a number of findings and recommendations for practical improvements to the security of Medicare numbers without increasing the administrative burden on medical practitioners.
The review confirmed that access to an individual’s Medicare card number does not, in itself, allow access to any clinical information, Medicare claiming information or to an individual’s ‘My Health’ record and the panel could not find any evidence of this occurring.
The panel scrutinised 24 submissions and conducted 16 stakeholder meetings as part of its review. It also considered public submissions and evidence provided to the separate Senate Inquiry into the sale of Medicare information on the dark web where they related to the terms of reference for this review.