Investigation launched into Dept of Health's letter campaign against doctors

ANAO will look into whether the 'nudge' letters are appropriate

The Department of Health’s 'nudge' campaigns, aimed at changing doctors’ prescribing and billing behaviour with strongly worded letters, are being investigated by the Australian National Audit Office.

Letters

Over the past two years, the department has sent tens of thousands of letters to doctors over their alleged overprescribing of antibiotics and opioids or inappropriate billing of Medicare.

The letters were devised by the department’s Behavioural Economics

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