Howick Health and Medical Centre has policies to ensure that information about you remains confidential between you and your practice team.
At all times strict privacy is maintained under the Privacy Act 1993 and the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 and by the medical ethics of confidentiality.
Howick Health and Medical Centre collects/transfers information from you so that we can:
take your medical records into account when treating you
contact you in connection with your health care
provide relevant medical records when we refer you to other health care providers
claim subsidies and other payments, when available, on your behalf to reduce the cost of your health care
provide statistical information (without identifying you) to ProCare and Government health agencies
provide details of an injury to the ACC or other accident insurance company
improve the quality of health care provided.
Information sent will sometimes include:
Date of consultation
Your name, gender, ethnic origin, address and date of birth
Your National Health Index (NHI) number (which is the identifying code assigned to you by the Government)
Your Community Card and/or High User Health Card details (if applicable)
Details of immunisations given and maternity services provided.
Details of any injuries sustained by you as the result of an accident including your current employer
Referrals to other providers of health care.
Details of any medicines prescribed and/or laboratory and radiology tests requested
Information collected is usually available only to doctors and practice staff. Relevant information is also transferred to other organisations, as described below. If you do not want us to transfer relevant information in order to claim subsides on your behalf, you can elect to pay the full cost of your treatment.
You have the right to see and correct any information held about you.
If you have any questions, or require further information, please speak to your doctor.
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