A Melbourne hospital has been caught out writing off a patient's death by COVID-19 despite the woman never contracting the deadly virus.
The woman's death certificate falsely recorded she died of COVID-19, and it was only fixed after complaint from her family.
Her daughter said the word COVID was eventually scribbled out by a Bellbird doctor and changed to what actually killed her.
'The doctor said "oops sorry, I just assumed it was COVID",' the woman said.
The State Coroner now has two death certificates for the dead woman - one stating COVID and the other stating something else.
As coronavirus cases within Victoria's aged care sector continue to soar, there are fears the 'error' may not be an isolated incident.
The daughter told Daily Mail Australia she only realised her mother had been listed as a COVID death when she went to organise her funeral.
On July 26, every patient entering Bellbird Private was assumed to be COVID positive, it was claimed.
'Mum was put there, but mum never tested positive to COVID. They saw her they assessed her, she was close to her use-by-date, stuff it we'll just put her there,' the woman said.
'She's going anyway, why not? So because she was at Bellbird they've thought, it's a COVID positive hospital and that's the reason for her death.'
While conspiracy theorists have long argued COVID death rates are deliberately being fudged, a spokesman for Bellbird Private said it was a one-off mistake.
A DHHS spokesperson dismissed rumours hospitals are being paid by the government anywhere up to $25,000 per COVID death for expenses such as cleaning.
'The department is not aware of any program that provides funding of this nature,' she said.
That is complete BS. The maximum figure per patient is unknown, but here is the link for the government grant these Aged Care Facilities can claim their 'Corona Costs' under.
Over $61 Million(AUD) has been put up for grabs for 'Corona Costs'.
Cash incentives to keep the lie going. Also note that the daughter said she was fearful to report the false death certificate. This is why more arent complaining.