GPs caught out by Medicare provider number changes

Hundreds of GPs may have faced major delays to starting new jobs

A GP’s plan to move his family to Australia was thrown into turmoil after the Department of Human Services changed the rules for Medicare provider number applications with little warning.

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Dr Simon Hattle, a GP from the UK, flew to Australia to sort his Medicare and AHPRA applications, before returning home so his wife — also a GP — and two children could emigrate together.

He and his wife had already quit their jobs in the UK, with Dr Hattle lining up a job at an outer Melbourne clinic.

However, he did not realise that a day before

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