Medicare crackdown botched: Auditor-General

A major crackdown on Medicare rorts backed by millions of dollars for investigations into doctors has been botched.

In 2009, under the Rudd Government, the Department of Human Services was handed $77 million to increase the number of audits on doctors and allied health professionals from 500 to 2500 a year.

A damning audit report released this week said the program was expected to recoup $147 million in savings. But in reality it has so far recovered less than $19 million - meaning it cost taxpayers more than it actually saved.

Auditor-General Ian McPhee said that the department artificially