In Australia, if you have a Medicare Card or if you are an armed forces veteran have a DVA card, you also have a My Health Record, unless you have opted out.
If you have recently received a My Health Record and you login via MyGov you will notice that there is not much in it. This makes sense, it’s a bit like a bank account when you first open it.
And like a bank account you need to make ‘transactions’ to make it useful – for My Health Record, those ‘transactions’ are visits to a healthcare service provider.
What happens when you go to a Doctor?
Most people assume that when they go to a doctor their My Health Record will be updated. However, some Doctors are new to this process too. All Doctors should be uploading to the My Health Record, unless you tell them not to. So please remind them or contact their reception later if you notice that the information missing.
Information for Doctors (GP):
An “Event Summary” should have the Doctor’s notes about your visit including symptoms and the Doctor’s recommendations. If it’s not your usual GP you’re visiting then the Doctor should complete this for upload. This might be “wasp sting reaction while on holidays interstate” or “fish hook injury requiring stitches while at the beach”
A Shared Health Summary can contain the same information as the event summary. Your usual GP may complete this for upload.
What medicare information is on My Health Record?
Medicare information is available on your My Health Record. This includes
- Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) information
- Australian Immunisation Register (AIR): a list of immunisations you have received
- Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR) information – details of any organ and/or tissue donation decisions you have made
- Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) information or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) claims information – details of any successful claims you have made in the past 2 years
You can add up to two years of Medicare information to your My Health Record – click here to learn how to do add this information.