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Alberta Liberals call on government to follow Auditor General's advice on overbilling doctors

Appeals resonate as $1.8 million in overbilling over past two years have already been found.

CALGARY, AB, July 13, 2011: Doctors in Alberta will soon find it more difficult to overbill the province. Matt McClure writes in the Calgary Herald that new software will allow a twenty-person team to identify doctors who bill for unusually high numbers of patients or who bill for more expensive services more frequently than others.

"Opposition critics are questioning the provincial Health Department's sluggish response to calls by Alberta's auditor general for tougher scrutiny of the $2.2 billion paid each year to doctors.

Despite repeated recommendations over the last decade by the fiscal watchdog, Alberta Health and Wellness said it only started two years ago using sophisticated software to detect physician fraud.

Instead of spending $4.7 million a year on internal audits the public never sees, Liberal finance critic Hugh MacDonald says the government should give the money to the AG's office so he can follow up sooner when bureaucrats and politicians ignore his adviceĀ…"

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Posted: July 21, 2011

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