Medicare Benefits and Pharmaceutical Benefits Programs

Last updated: 12 June 2019

The National Health (Privacy) Rules 2018 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 these rules prohibit agencies from storing claims information obtained under the Medicare Benefits Program and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Program on the same database.

The National Health (Privacy) Rules are available on the Federal Register of Legislation.

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