Processing times for applications

We’ll send you a letter to let you know when your Medicare benefits application has been finalised.

Medicare provider number applications

Most Medicare provider number applications are taking up to 32 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.

We assess your application to see if you’re eligible to access Medicare benefits. If you’re eligible we’ll update your Medicare Provider Record to show your new status.

The letter will tell you the date you’ll be eligible to start claiming the MBS items. You can start claiming under Medicare benefits from that start date.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021.
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