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Federal Government workers compensation authority Comcare accused of unethical behaviour

Rachel Clayton (ABC News)

A doctor used by federal workers compensation authority Comcare and its licensees to examine claimants has never been formally investigated despite 66 complaints being made about him since 2000 to the Health Care Complaints Commission.

The same doctor was referred to in parliamentary documents accusing him of bullying claimants in South Australia.

Comcare is the national occupational health and safety and workers compensation authority that handles claims for Commonwealth workers, such as those employed by Federal Government departments.

It also has 39 self-insured licensees that can use private-sector insurers for workers' compensation claims. The licensees use the Comcare framework and legislation, but pay premiums to private insurers.


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