GP loses court challenge on 80/20 rule

The doctor argued the rule shouldn't apply to him because his patients lacked other options

A mining town GP has been found in breach of the 80/20 rule despite claiming that he was often the only fully registered doctor available in his rural community swamped by thousands of fly-in, fly-out workers.


Dr Manukharan Nithianantha is likely to be forced to repay thousands of dollars in Medicare rebates after losing his Federal Court appeal against the Professional Services Review (PSR).

The GP in the central Queensland town of Blackwater, 800km north-west of Brisbane, had challenged a finding by the watchdog that claiming