Practice fined $40K for not paying IMG

A GP clinic that stopped paying an IMG doctor and then threatened to report him to the medical board unless he dropped his complaint has been fined $40,000.

Windaroo Medical Surgery, trading as Loganholme Medical Surgery, based in Logan, south of Brisbane, started withholding Medicare money from Indian-born GP Dr Venkata Kaza in November 2009.

The practice claimed that Dr Kaza had not kept his registration details up-to-date with Medicare, and therefore, it could not make Medicare claims on his behalf.

Dr Kaza apparently told the practice’s director Sheila Pathmanathan: “I