Dozens of GP practices targeted in pathology rent crackdown

The health officials say they wants to 'understand' their lease arrangements with providers

More than 50 GP practices have received new ‘please explain’ letters from the Federal Department of Health asking them to justify their rental deals with pathology companies.

The letters were sent earlier this month as part of an 18-month investigation into rents being charged for colocated collection centres.

Under legal changes introduced a decade ago, practices are banned from charging rents more than 20% above the alleged market value of the spaces.

The department says it has already sent three rounds of letters to almost 700 GP practice owners