Qld demands millions from 'overpaid' doctors

The Queensland Government has pledged to recover millions in taxpayers money from doctors who were “overpaid” hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat private patients in state-run hospitals.

Auditor-General Andrew Greaves revealed on Thursday that the private practice allowance paid to doctors has cost the state $804 million over nine years.

The allowance is worth up to 65% of a senior doctor's base salary.

In return, the doctors are meant to assign all private practice revenue they generate back to the state hospital.

But Mr Greaves' report says in 2011-12 almost all -  94% - of the 2591 senior medical officers paid the allowance did not generate enough revenue to cover the outlay.

And around half - 1210 - of these doctors did no private