GPs will face fines for doctor-shopper failings, but only in 'extreme' cases

Under Victoria's new system, fines will only be used in 'the most extreme cases of recidivism'

Fears that Victorian GPs will be fined $16,000 if they fail to check the state’s real-time prescription system for potential doctor-shoppers are misplaced, state health officials say.


The $30 million SafeScript program will go online later this year, allowing GPs and pharmacists to check whether a patient has previously been prescribed any S8 drugs or addictive S4 drugs such as codeine, quetiapine or temazepam.   

From 2020, it will be compulsory for Victorian GPs to check the system (read the background