Medical practices targeted in Medicare rort

THE DEPARTMENT of Human Services has been accused of failing to ensure the security of Medicare clients’ bank details after criminals allegedly stole records from medical practices in Sydney’s southwest. 

The thieves allegedly managed to change the patients’ bank details registered with Medicare, set up fake accounts in the patients’ names and had rebates diverted to the new accounts. 

The opposition says Human Services Minister Marise Payne “dropped the ball” after being questioned about the security issue last month.