IME List

Independent Medical Examiners (IMEs) List

Updated: 6 Dec 2018

Many injured workers have been looking and asking (us) for a list of IMEs (Independent Medical Examiners). However because of the real potential for defamation we are no longer able nor willing to publish any “List” or name any independent medical examiner.

Do your own research if you have any concerns or questions with regards to attending your appointed independent medical examination. For example, Ratemds and similar websites often have patient / client reviews of Australian Doctors, including those who undertake independent medical examinations.

Also remember that there are some very ethical, honest, impartial and compassionate IMEs out there!

PLEASE DO NOT NAME DOCTORS IN THE COMMENT SECTION – YOU CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR DEFAMATION.

 

16 Responses to “IME List”

  1. I suggest everyone needs to secretly record all ime doctors. You are allowed to do this under the survaliance device act 1999 .never under estimate how low and how evil insurance company’s can be.good luck and stay strong.

    • Patrick i understand your frustration towards bias imes, but you actually are not allowed by law unless you get the consent of the other persons permission it goes both ways. This is why its important to take a support person and get them to write down what time you arrive , what questions where asked and what answers you gave them. This is why its important to never go off track and talk for so long keep it short yes or no answers talk only when asked. There is nothing stopping you from taping them secretly, but you can not use it in a court of law, as you did not get their consent they could actually sue you for taping them if found out. So if you are going to tape them just remember what you said to them you can type this in a letter, but you can not tell your case manager you taped this ime and have evidence blah blah when no consent was given. Alot of imes will change once you have a support person with you anyway but they will still write one bias report calling you a liar. Imes are used by insurance companys to stir the pot and like sending bias letters to your treating drs in the hopes they fall for it, if you have strong drs you will be fine. I have had so many bias reports against me and not once have the used it against me as my drs don’t fall for it. Good luck.

      injured worker July 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm
      • Under this act it states that you can tape them for the lawful protection for the person secretly recording in Victoria it states that you don’t need their consent I’ve had legal advice on this subject.

        • Patrick, well im from nsw so its totally different ball game. If anyone from nsw wants to know more here is the information for you. Yes, its illegal for someone to record your conversation without your consent. The Surveillance Devices Act 2007 (NSW) is the legislation you can refer to. In the ACT, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia, the rules are much stricter.

          injured worker July 19, 2019 at 10:37 am
          • Yep in Victoria you can do this secretly record ime doctors and theres not a thing they can do about it.

  2. I am booked in to see an IME for my first psychiatric assessment before my claim gets accepted. I Googled this particular IME and it is possibly the worst most biased out off all on the panel. Also, WC has chosen this IME that is approximately 1hr 45mins from my home but yet they have another IME on their panel that is only 50mins away. Is it possible to get my case worker to change the IME based on my location?

  3. I believe the reforms to the NSW CTP Greenslip system for car crash victims, has, to a greater extent, removed the potential for fraud by unscrupulous persons looking to make a quick buck without actually being injured, however, within the system, and with the results I’ve seen in relation to my own case, there IS STILL an abundance of so called Independent Medical Examiners who can make a pretty penny writing reports for insurance companies and making sure their reports are in favour of the insurance companies. Say five reports a day, at an average of $900 a report, a weekly income of around $22,500 would not be unusual. Why get your hands bloodied when you can earn much more sitting on your bum. Five years down the track, and my MVA in which my wife and I were re-ended, has still not been resolved……not happy Jan.

    Dale Mulligan March 7, 2019 at 6:37 pm
  4. Workcover Victim
    These IME doctors see you for one hour and can determine your whole life and future payments do not trust them
    I am now having to go to conciliation as the lying insurance company made the mistake in giving me the wrong advice and I made the shit decision to believe their lies
    Please ask these creatures who work in these insurance companies to provide you everything in writting as never believe one word they say
    These IME doctors work for these insurance companies are not supposed to be bias but they are getting paid by guess who
    Do not make the mistakes I did I thought I was doing the right thing keeping my case manager up to date so we were all on the same page
    Do not tell these bloody blood suckers anything ask them to record your calls or better yet do what I do I tell them I am recoding their calls for monitoring purposes do not trust anyone including your work cover officer at work
    I hope what I have written helps someone out there be very careful not to reveal anything to anyone and always record the conversations as the insurance company case managers lie through their teeth
    Good luck

  5. There is a very well known psychiatrist in Melbourne that many insurance companies go to for advice. Since she derives a large amount of income from her reports I don’t see how she could be objective. In my case she wasnt and luckily I took a family member into the interview. My solicitor laughed when he read her report and said she was well known in the legal fraternity as dr ratsak.

    • @manna – oh yes, and there are quite a few well-known ‘ratsacks’ in all specialities too.

      WorkcoverVictim February 6, 2019 at 7:47 am
    • Manna could you please tell me the physical description of dr ratsak? And is “ratsak” a play on words with her name? I have a feeling I’ve been sent to her many times. Thank you 🙂

      Injured worker90 February 25, 2019 at 9:33 pm
    • This Doc R[censored by admin] informed me that I was too ill to assess and sent me to another IME. Take someone with you if you get her!!!!!!!!!

      • @Oscar – sorry to read and thanks for the tip. Unfortunately given the very real risk of defamation, we can not allow anyone to publish any names (IMEs, CMs etc) on this site.

  6. Hi, I’m from the state of VIC Australia,
    I just looked into the IME (psychiatrist) that my works insurer has asked me to attend and found all bar one review on Rate mds made it very clear that he was untrustworthy and puts his pay check befor his duty of care to his patience’s. They basically say he twists what you say to the insurers advantage. Must I attend especially if the insurance company is not paying for psychological treatment as yet as I am seeing a bulk biller, or can I refuse? Iv been threw enough hard ship not to have to deal with a dodgy insurance doctor adding to my problems.

    • @Louis, by law you MUST attend an IME if your insurer asks for it and if it is reasonable. If you don’t, they may (and will) suspend any weekly pay or benefits. In some cases you can refuse to attend a certain IME, however, it is not easy. I once refused to attend a psych IME whom I had already seen and who was very -ahh well- “unprofessional” – my lawyer sent a letter to my case manager (insurer) and requested I see another IME. The argument was that “all IME’s are independent – so what is the difference?”. The insurer allowed me to see another one. Good luck!

      WorkcoverVictim February 6, 2019 at 7:45 am
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