Medicare sets sights on GPs over dental scheme

GPs are set to come under additional scrutiny from Medicare with those who have referred patients to the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme now in the spotlight after investigations found 59% of dentists audited over their use of the scheme had bent the rules.

The findings prompted Human Services Minister Tanya Plibersek to announce the investigations would be dramatically expanded to another 400 dentists and the GPs who made the referrals.

The latest crackdown follows the recent announcement that Medicare was to begin targeting GP prescribing of narcotics after the Minister cited a significant rise in the levels of