Medicare is Australia's health care system. Medicare ensures that all Australians have access to free or low-cost medical, optometrical and hospital care while being free to choose private health services and in special circumstances allied health services.
Medicare provides access to:
- free treatment as a public (Medicare) patient in a public hospital
- free or subsidised treatment by practitioners such as doctors, including specialists, participating optometrists or dentists (specified services only).
Medicare provider numbers
A Medicare provider number may allow you to:
- raise referrals for specialist services; and
- make requests for pathology or diagnostic imaging services.
- 3. attract Medicare rebates for professional services rendered (that is, treat private patients).
A Medicare provider number uniquely identifies both you and the place you work.
Medicare provider number restrictionsOverseas trained doctors (OTDs) are subject to Medicare provider number restrictions if they want to treat private patients. These restrictions affect where an OTD can work in Australia.
If you work in a District of Workforce Shortage you may be able to get exemption from these restrictions.
Medicare provider number restrictions
How to apply for a provider number
Provider number application forms
Contact Medicare Australia for more informationPhone: 132 150 (within Australia)
Email: email@example.com (Type 'Application for Medicare provider number' in the subject heading, and include which State or territory you’ll be working in in the body of the email.)
SpecialistsSpecialists requiring access to Medicare rebates that attract a higher 'specialist' payment need to apply for recognition as a specialist for Medicare billing purposes.
Phone: 132 150 (within Australia)