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Australian GPs “named and shamed” for abusing Medicare programme

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1411
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    In a move aimed at deterring doctors from exploiting the health system, GPs found to have abused Australia's public health Medicare programme have been “named and shamed” by the system's regulatory body. The types of abuse are overprescribing, ordering unnecessary tests, and claiming reimbursement for a very high number of consultations. Some doctors regularly claimed for seeing more than 80 patients a day.

    A report sent to 45 000 doctors detailed the 26 doctors from around the country who in the last financial year …

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