As many of you could imagine, there are quite varying processing times for Medicare provider numbers for GPs. The main factor is whether or not a GP needs a 19AB exemption, like DWS.
During the early months of the New Year between January and March, we have found processing times have been slightly longer due to workflow increases at Medicare and the Department of Health.
When recruiting GPs from the UK to Australia we will always warn them that for their first 4-6 weeks in Australia they won’t be able to work, while they wait for their provider number. There can sometimes be exceptions to this rule, if you are happy to visit Australia to finalise your paperwork prior to your move.
For more information on Medicare provider numbers please contact Alecto on 1800 604 332 for a confidential discussion
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