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Privacy Guidelines for the Medicare Benefits and Pharmaceutical Benefits Programs

The Privacy Guidelines for the Medicare Benefits and Pharmaceutical Benefits Programs (Medicare and PBS Guidelines) regulate the way that Australian Government agencies link and store claims information obtained under the Medicare Benefits Program and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Program. 

Among other things, section 135AA(5) of the National Health Act requires that the Medicare and PBS Guidelines prohibit agencies from storing claims information obtained under the Medicare Benefits Program and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Program on the same database.

The Medicare and PBS Guidelines are available on Comlaw.