Doctor accused of $1.5m hospital fraud

A Perth doctor and his accountant wife have been accused of defrauding WA's health department to the tune of $1.5 million.

The Corruption and Crime Commission alleges the 50-year-old understated his earnings at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in documents used to determine money to be paid to the hospital for equipment, facilities and services.

He allegedly concealed income by telling staff not to bill Medicare for some services, by billing Medicare directly with payments going into his company's bank account, and by directing Medicare benefit cheques to be forwarded to his home address.