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Radiologists accused in “scan scam”

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7218.1156 (Published 30 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1156
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists has defended itself against allegations that its members in Australia backdated and falsified contracts for magnetic resonance imaging machines after hearing of a potentially profitable budget leak.

    In what has become a bitter political scandal, the Australian parliament has been told that radiologists, who helped to negotiate a new health insurance rebate for scanners, ordered a new batch of the machines after somehow learning of the budget measure.

    But the college said that the possibility of the changes were widely known within the profession for some time, that there was a genuine need for more machines to reduce waiting …

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