GP caught overclaiming $400k cites 'extraordinarily unlucky' patients


A GP banned from Medicare for over-claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in MBS rebates—particularly for surgical items—told investigators he simply had a long list of “extraordinarily unlucky” patients who needed foreign bodies removed.

Dr Constantinos Perkoulidis, based in inner-city Melbourne, claimed hundreds of procedural items usually performed by surgeons and rural doctors.

Ordering him to repay some $400,000, the Professional Services Review (PSR) noted that an unusual number of clinical notes written by Dr