Sunday, September 20, 2015
I Think There May Be A Little More To Come On This Story. Not A Good Look.
This appeared last week:
17 September 2015
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.
“I raised the issue just under a month ago with the minister and nothing has been done,” Senator Doug Cameron told reporters in Canberra today.
“People need to be confident that when the government has their information that that information is secure.”
Records were stolen from medical practices in the suburbs of Holsworthy, Mount Annan, Campbelltown, Harrington Park and Eagle Vale.
Senator Cameron said it was time for the minister to make a statement about how widespread the fraud problem was and take steps to fix it.
He alleged Ms Payne had been distracted by a bitter dispute over the wages and conditions of DHS staff.
I wonder where the problem lies here? It is of concern that the Medicare system can be defrauded like this for profit by criminals. It is vital this is sorted and soon.
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Sunday, September 20, 2015