If you’re a medical practitioner with fellowship of the appropriate professional association you can apply to be recognised as a general practitioner (GP).

Why apply for GP recognition

Once you’re recognised as a GP you can access the GP items in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). This includes Group A1 attendance items.

Who can apply for GP recognition

You can apply for GP recognition if you:

  • are a registered health professional with the Medical Board of Australia
  • hold fellowship with a specialist general practitioner college, such as RACGP or ACRRM, and
  • you’re eligible for a Medicare provider number.

How to apply for GP recognition

To apply for recognition, you first need to apply for your Medicare provider number.

Once you have your provider number, complete the application for recognition form.

Overseas trained doctors and foreign graduates

If you’re an overseas trained doctor (OTD) or foreign graduate of an accredited medical school (FGAMS) practising as a GP, you’ll also need to apply for a section 19AB exemption. You won’t be able to claim for all Medicare items.

When you can start claiming GP items

We’ll send you a letter when your recognition is complete. You can claim benefits for GP items from the eligibility date in the letter.

We won’t issue you a specialist GP provider number. Instead we’ll update your provider record to reflect your new GP status, which will apply to all your practice locations. Your provider number shows where you practise, not your specialisation.

Your eligibility to claim Medicare benefits and be recognised by us is subject to legislative and registration restrictions.

Work as a specialist

If you want to work as a specialist and claim specialist MBS items, you need to:

For Medicare purposes, specialists include:

  • anaesthetists
  • dermatologists
  • emergency medical practitioners
  • obstetricians and gynaecologists
  • ophthalmologists
  • oral and maxillofacial surgeons
  • pathologists
  • physicians
  • psychiatrists
  • radiologists
  • rehabilitation medical practitioners
  • sports and exercise physicians
  • surgeons.

Page last updated: 22 February 2019