Refer and Request Medicare Provider Numbers

What is a Refer and Request Provider Number?

A Medicare provider number is required if you bill, prescribe, refer or request services that are eligible for a Medicare benefit.

A refer and request provider number does not let you bill items to Medicare but will allow you to provide services in a private billing setting as well as refer your patients to other practitioners and send requests for diagnostic tests.

This means that your patients will have to pay your entire bill and will not be able to have the appointment subsidised by Medicare.

Who uses a Refer and Request Provider Number?

Generally, doctors who are subject to 19AA and/or subject to 19AB will apply for a refer and request provider number. 

Hospital doctors will also generally hold a refer and request provider number.



How do I apply for a refer and request Provider Number?

You will need to go onto the Medicare website and fill out the HW019 form which is for Medical Practitioners. Once you have finished completing the form, you can send it to the address indicated along with your supporting documents.


Important Note!

To pursue Fellowship, you are required to participate in an approved Training Program which is not in line with Refer and Request Provider Numbers.


Note: The information presented above has been gathered from Australian Government web pages and has been updated as of 2023-08-01.


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