Doctors' booking fee rip-off exposed

One topped $6000, according to the Four Corners report

Some doctors are illegally charging patients thousands of dollars in booking fees, an investigation has found.

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The ABC's Four Corners team analysed the medical bills of more than 700 patients who responded to a survey on out-of-pocket costs.

In a program that aired on Monday night, the investigation found a number of the bills included booking or administration fees, one of which topped $6000.

"Booking fees or other fees beyond the surgical fee are in fact illegal and should not exist, and that is