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 one of the following forms.
- Application for certification of eligibility for vocational registration of general practitioners form (HW060)
- Application for recognition - Fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners form (HW075)
- Application for recognition – Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine form (HW076)
- Request to remove your name from Vocational Register of General Practitioners form (HW067)
- Request to remove your name from a Recognised Fellows List form (HW068)
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 before you can claim Medicare benefits.
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 will update your provider record to reflect your new GP status, which will apply to all your practice locations.
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:
- be a specialist for Medicare purposes
- apply for recognition as a specialist.
For Medicare purposes, specialists include:
- emergency medical practitioners
- obstetricians and gynaecologists
- oral and maxillofacial surgeons
- rehabilitation medical practitioners
- sports and exercise physicians