Don't overreact to Medicare dark web revelations, AMA urges

The Federal Government has been warned not to hit practices with more red tape when it responds to revelations that Medicare numbers are being sold on the dark web.

Guardian journalist revealed in July that Medicare numbers were being sold for about $25 each on an internet auction site for illegal goods — provided the buyer gave a name and date of birth.

Amid suspicions that the numbers were being sourced from the Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) website, a government review is suggesting putting more administrative hurdles around the site.