Apply for a Medicare provider number or prescriber number

How to apply for an initial or additional Medicare provider number or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescriber number.

Medicare provider number applications

Most Medicare provider number applications are taking up to 35 calendar days to process from the date we get your application. Some applications may take longer if the Department of Health and Aged Care need to assess them.

About Medicare provider numbers

You can get a Medicare provider number if you’re an eligible health professional recognised for Medicare services. You’ll need your unique provider number to claim, bill, refer or request Medicare services.

You must first have a registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) or an approved body. Then you can apply for a Medicare provider number.

We’ll record your name on your provider number exactly as it’s registered with the relevant registration board or professional body.

You can’t access Medicare services until you have a provider number. You also can’t use another health professional’s provider number.

You’ll need more than one Medicare provider number if you:

  • deliver health services in different locations
  • have registrations in more than one health profession
  • are a Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) health professional providing UCC services.

Read more about Medicare UCCs and how to register on our Health Professional Education Resources website.

Find out how to apply for additional provider numbers if you work in a new practice location, work at a new service at the same location, health profession or new discipline.

About PBS prescriber numbers

A prescriber number is a 7 digit number that:

  • uniquely identifies that you’re eligible to prescribe medication under the PBS
  • isn’t location specific.

You’ll need more than one prescriber number if you provide services in multiple health professions.

Page last updated: 23 June 2023.
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