Named referral Medicare rort: Officials to investigate 'multiple tip-offs'

The Department of Health has been asking for info on public hospitals demanding named referrals for outpatient consults

A number of public hospitals will apparently be investigated for demanding that GPs write named referrals so outpatients can be  funded by Medicare.

Dr Michael Rice
Dr Michael Rice.

It follows a call by the federal Department of Health for tip-offs about the double-dipping rort, which has become a bugbear for many GPs.

There have long been claims that the rort is being ignored.