Jail for GP caught rorting Medicare after tip-off from colleagues

He claimed more than $175,000 in rebates for consultations that never happened

A former GP has been jailed for at least 18 months after claiming more than $175,000 in MBS rebates for consultations that never took place — including $14,000 claimed while abroad.

Jail Medicare GP

Dr Humphry Gomes admitted to claiming bulk-billing rebates for 1,520 services between 2011 and 2013 that never occurred.

Following a tip-off from two of Dr Gomes’ colleagues, Department of Health officials raided the practice he owned in 2013.

The Tasmanian GP told officials he performed the work related to the MBS claims “in his mind”, even while overseas.