Australia's government-owned private health insurance provider has weighed in on the e-health records scheme draft bill submitted to federal parliament, asking that that the additional workload on medical providers be considered.
The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) bill was immediately referred to the Senate Community Affairs committee for a public inquiry after it was introduced to the lower house by health minister Nicola Roxon last week.
The move prompted Medibank Private to call on the government to review the impact the initiative could have on the health industry.
"Creating and maintaining records for patients for the PCEHR and the training required will necessitate a significant investment of time from healthcare providers and this needs to be factored in, particularly as it may have unforeseen implications in the short-term for the delivery of health services," News Limited reported the insurance provider stating in a submission on the draft bill.
Under the proposed plan, compensation would not be provided to doctors and others creating and managing records on behalf of patients.
Medibank Private currently provides software-supported phone and web health triage, advice and counselling helplines, and is looking to introduce developing a consumer health diary – dubbed Healthbook – as part of the PCEHR implementation.