A medical doctor is being investigated after a woman claims she was treated for a fake medical condition

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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