GP told to repay Medicare $70k over 'danger of death' claims

The doctor also charged patients a gap fee for bulk-billed consults, found a Professional Services Review investigation

A GP has been ordered to repay Medicare more than $70,000 after claiming item 160 for patients in “imminent danger of death” for presentations such as back pain, anxiety and knee injuries.

A Professional Services Review (PSR) investigation also revealed the GP, who was practising in Victoria at the time, had been charging some patients gap payments for level B consults and then claiming a bulk-billing rebate for the service. 

“In some [cases], the [GP] attended to the patient on the