About one in every 50 people involved in pilot trials of the My Health Record on Australia's east coast have elected to opt-out.

This is consistent with the experience elsewhere in the world, the health department says.

Some 971,000 people in the two opt-out trial areas in northern Queensland and NSW's Nepean-Blue Mountains region got access to their newly created records last week, a spokeswoman confirmed.

About 1.9% of people in both trial sites have chosen to opt out, she said.

Registered healthcare providers within the 2 primary health networks will be able to access their patients' records and upload documents from July 15. 

If the trials work, a wider rollout is anticipated for 2017.

Health minister Sussan Ley announced the switch from opt-in to opt-out last October – and announced the 2 trials soon after.

She said the new system would be better for patients and cut down on unnecessary “risks and inefficiencies” that were frustrating doctors.

The AMA and RACGP remain unconvinced and say the My Health Record remains riddled with deficiencies that should be rectified before any major rollout.

They're especially concerned about the extent of patient access and the amount of upload data needed for GPs to claim eHealth incentive payments.

Last Reviewed: 21/06/2016

Reproduced with kind permission from Medical Observer.