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Health Secretary Mark Butler is open to an independent investigation into claims of Medicare abuse

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Federal Health Minister Mark Butler says he is open to an independent inquiry by the Department of Health into claims made on the ABC’s 7.30 program that up to $8 billion is being siphoned off Medicare each year due to errors, over-services and fraud.

“Maybe that’s where we’ll end up,” Mr Butler said at 7.30am. “I take these matters seriously.”

Mr Butler first demanded the Department of Health look into the allegations made to the ABC by Dr Margaret Fo and the department’s own compliance systems.

In the report of the auditor general for 2020-2021. on Medicare compliance found problems with the department’s systems for detecting fraud or misuse under the scheme.

It found that the department’s approach to meeting the demands of health professionals was only “partially effective”.

“Rotating” the system

Joint investigation at 7.30, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age exposed flaws in Medicare’s systems that make it susceptible to fraud and overservice.

The estimated $8 billion leak represents about 30 percent of Medicare’s annual budget.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-18/mark-butler-independent-investigation-medicare-misuse/101546236

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