GPs targeted over imaging requests

Top 20% of doctors requesting diagnostic imaging could expect a letter, says Dr Richard Kidd

GPs who make high numbers of imaging requests will be sent letters urging them to reflect on their practice, in a new campaign to “nudge” their behaviour.

Dr Richard Kidd
Dr Richard Kidd.

The Department of Health says it is preparing to contact GPs with high volumes of referrals for 26 MBS items for imaging including lower back CT, neck MRI and shoulder ultrasound (see box).

The letters, to be sent starting next month, will