GPs ordered to repay Medicare $143,000 after 'aural toilet' item confusion

The PSR says the doctors made a genuine mistake when they used an item restricted to ENT specialists

Two GPs who claimed a $114 MBS item restricted to ENT specialists after they performed aural toilet have been ordered to repay more than $143,000 to Medicare. 

Professor Julie Quinlivan
Professor Julie Quinlivan.

Item 41647 covers the use of an operating microscope for a micro-inspection of the tympanic membrane. 

But the wording of the item begins with "ear toilet