You will require this Medicare provider number if you intend to operate as a health professional under a Medicare provider scheme.
A provider number or a provider / registration number is available to:
- medical practitioners
- Aboriginal health workers
- diabetes educators
- exercise physiologists
- mental health workers
- pregnancy support counsellors
- occupational therapists
- podiatrists or chiropodists
- speech pathologists.
A medical practitioner or allied health professional must have a provider number for every location from which they deliver services.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible to apply for a Medicare Provider Number you must be a registered health professional.
There are restrictions on accessing Medicare benefits for medical practitioners who:
- are overseas trained
- are former overseas medical students
- did not complete their medical training by 1 January 1997
- were not Australian citizens or permanent residents on 1 January 1997.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
No fees are required.
Department of Human Services
Health Insurance Act 1973 (Australian Government)
Health Insurance Regulations 1975 (Australian Government)
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