Health Legislation Amendment (Data-matching and Other Matters) Bill 2019

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House of Representatives
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Amends: the National Health Act 1953 and Health Insurance Act 1973 to: enable information held by the Chief Executive Medicare (CEM) to be subject to data-matching for the purposes of ensuring the integrity of medicare programs including the Medicare Benefits Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; and enable the CEM to authorise a Commonwealth entity to carry out data matching for the same purposes on the CEM’s behalf; four Acts to make consequential amendments; and the Health Insurance Act 1973 and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to enable services involving a professional attendance provided under certain laws administered by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs to be considered for a prescribed pattern of services, but not unacceptable conduct, for the purposes of the Professional Services Review scheme.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23 Oct 2019
Second reading moved 23 Oct 2019
Second reading debate 27 Nov 2019
Second reading agreed to 27 Nov 2019
Third reading agreed to 27 Nov 2019
Introduced and read a first time 02 Dec 2019
Second reading moved 02 Dec 2019
Second reading debate 05 Dec 2019
Second reading agreed to 05 Dec 2019
Third reading agreed to 05 Dec 2019
Finally passed both Houses 05 Dec 2019
  • Act no: 121
  • Year: 2019
12 Dec 2019

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