Payment bungle may lead to rural doctor ‘avalanche’

Frustrations over the classification system used to determine government incentives boiled over last week when Medicare revealed hundreds of GPs had been wrongly classified; 293 were overpaid a total $1.1 million in rural retention grants while another 40 were underpaid $200,000.

While many affected doctors will have the overpayments deducted from future incentive sums, Medicare confirmed that providers who were no longer eligible for such incentives had “been sent a letter requesting [repayment] within 30 days and inviting them to