Medicare knows when you go on holiday, govt crackdown reveals

Laws passed in 2020 allowed health officials to match passenger records with MBS claiming data.
Staff writers

Health officials are tracking doctors making potentially fraudulent Medicare claims from overseas via passenger movement records provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

Despite the rise of telehealth, section 10 of the Health Insurance Act rules that MBS benefits are only payable for services rendered in Australia — meaning both doctor and patient must be located in Australia.