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    More than 200,000 health service workers in Australia could access personal details of Medicare card holders, media reported Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The report of human services department showed that in 2016 there had been 209,307 users able to access Health Professional Online Services (HPOS), a system, which can be used to find patients’ Medicare card details, The Guardian newspaper reported.

    The news comes against the background of a revelation made by the newspaper on Tuesday about a website, which was selling the details of Australian Medicare card holders.

    Human Services Minister Alan Tudge viewed the incident rather as a criminal activity than a hacking since the department believes that the details were accessed with the help of legitimate login and password to the health system.

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