A woman who claimed she was diagnosed with a medical condition after attending a fake doctor has been warned by the Australian Medical Association that she could face prosecution.
The woman, who did not want to be named, attended the medical appointment at a Sydney hospital on September 6 with her GP and asked the doctor to refer her to a specialist.
But when the woman arrived at the clinic, she said she was not a doctor and she was being referred to a chiropractor.
Dr Adam Stokes, the Australian Chief Medical Officer, told the ABC that the woman could be prosecuted under the Mental Health Act if she did not attend a proper medical examination.
“We can’t do that to a citizen and it is a matter of fact, not a figment of the patient’s imagination,” he said.
But he acknowledged the woman may not have understood the difference between a medical appointment and a doctor’s appointment.
“[The patient] might have asked the question, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ and the person doing the appointment might have said, ‘Well, I think you should have some sort of medical treatment’,” Dr Stokes said.
“It’s a matter for the doctor.”
The doctor has to make a decision.
The patient has to decide what to do.
“He said he believed the woman would be able to prove that she had a genuine medical condition, such as a heart condition, if she attended the doctor’s office.
The ABC has contacted the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for comment.
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