If you’re graduating, apply now for your Medicare provider number

If you’re a graduating health professional and have an intern position, you need to register for an initial Medicare provider number. Here’s how to apply.

If you’re a graduating health professional and have an intern position, you need to register for an initial Medicare provider number.

This number identifies you as a health professional at your practice location. You can’t start billing, referring or requesting services until you have your provider number.

Submit your application as soon as possible.

It’s important to register now. The processing time for applications is up to six weeks between November to March each year due to an increase in demand. 

When you register for an initial Medicare provider number, it’s important you provide your bank account details, supporting documents and current contact details.

There’s no need to call to check on the progress of your application. Check our website for processing wait times.

You’ll get a letter from us with your Medicare provider number.

To apply today, go to our information on Medicare provider numbers.

Next steps

Page last updated: 25 November 2016

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