Consumer e-health survey results released by CSC

CSC has released a report detailing the findings of a consumer e-health survey it commissioned in March this year. Conducted by Newspoll, 1208 Australian adult health consumers were surveyed by telephone and asked a range of questions about their own health, their current health record keeping practices, and their attitudes toward electronic health records.

The survey found that 43% of Australians claim to have heard of the proposals for national Individual Electronic Health Records, with older consumers (49%) apparently more informed about such initiatives than consumers aged under 35 (29%).

After having had the concept of electronic health records explained to them by the surveyors, 64% of Australians indicated they were supportive of electronic health records, with 12% unsure and 24% against the concept.

Just 27% of all respondents expressed a willingness to pay an annual fee for electronic health records, with only 6% of these prepared to pay in excess of $100 for such a service. CSC calculated the “average annual price that all Australians on average are prepared to pay for an electronic health record” to be $10.

Most survey respondents volunteered Federal and State Governments to become a contributing funder to electronic health records (88%), with 63% believing private health insurance companies should also contribute financially.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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