Can I get a Non- VR Doctor using a replacement exemption?

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This is a FAQ BLOG and you can refer to our 19AB & IMGs blog here.

If a doctor who started at your practice when you were classified as DPA decides to leave then you can use their replacement exemption for an incoming doctor. 

Any doctor VR or Non-VR is eligible to take over this exemption as long as they are also meeting their 19AA restrictions (if relevant). 

Aside from these, you should also know that the incoming doctor must replace a doctor who:

  • held an indefinite s19AB(3) exemption that enabled unrestricted Medicare access at the medical practice
  • provided consistent Medicare-subsidised services at the medical practice within the last 12 months
  • ceased practicing at all locations in the catchment area, having closed each of the related provider numbers
  • provided a written statement to confirm that they have ceased, and have no intention of returning to, private practise within the catchment area.

Please note, 3GA programs will not approve a General Practitioner on a replacement exemption.

Note: The information presented above has been gathered from the Department of Health and Aged Care website and has been updated as of 2023-11-07.

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