Officials launch investigation into rent deals between GP clinics and pathology providers

The health department has identified hundreds of centres that may be breaking the law

Health department officials are investigating suspect rent deals between hundreds of GP practices and pathology collection centres, amid concerns about inflated rents and unusual Medicare billing patterns.

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The Department of Health says it is preparing to contact the landlords of 410 collection centres that may be breaking the law, as part of its strategy to crack down on potential rorts in the pathology industry.

The centres, representing just under 2% of the total, were identified by a data analytics company that compared collection centre rents with