Medicare Australia allocates Medicare provider and prescriber numbers to medical practitioners to provide a method of identifying the place from which a medical service was provided (ie your medical centre).
All General Practitioners need a Medicare Provider Number to access fee for service payments from Medicare for services provided. International Medial Graduates (IMGs) have restrictions placed on access to Medicare Provider Numbers. This is known as the Medicare Provider Number Ten Year Moratorium (for more information, click here).
Exemptions to these restrictions can be obtained depending on the location where you are practicing and will usually mean you need to work in an outer metro, coastal or regional area.
New Zealand trained doctors who hold FRACGP, are now exempt from any Medicare Provider number restrictions and the Ten Year Moratorium, providing they were Permanent Residents or Citizens of New Zealand before enrolling in medical school there.
The Ten Year Moratorium can be reduced to five years or as few as three years by working in a regional or remote area and becoming vocationally qualified. Once all the requirements for the reduction have been met the General Practitioner will be able to work anywhere in Australia.
Medical Talent will organise your Provider Number for you prior to starting employment. This usually takes two to three weeks from when your AHPRA registration has been approved.