01/16/2014 10:00 EST | Updated 03/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia government to review, update physician billing system

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has hired a consultant to review its audit and appeal process for physician billing.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says the system must ensure fairness and protect taxpayer money.

He says the consultant, who is being paid $54,000, should be done within a few months, with the new process in place later this year.

The announcement comes after the province dropped a complaint against dozens of radiologists over their billing practices.

Dr. Mike Fleming, president of Doctors Nova Scotia, says physicians want a system that treats and pays them fairly for the services they provide.

During the consultant's review, a committee of government officials and medical experts will try to resolve billing issues.