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OTD Scaling

What it does

Overseas trained doctors (OTDs) and foreign graduates of an accredited medical school (FGAMS) working in private practice in Australia are generally subject to the Medicare provider number restrictions contained under section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act).

Section 19AB restricts access to Medicare provider numbers, and requires OTDs and FGAMS to work in designated districts of workforce shortage (DWS) in order to access Medicare benefits.

Scaling is a non-cash incentive offering OTDs and FGAMS opportunities to reduce the 10 year moratorium restriction period. Time reductions are significantly greater for doctors who choose to work in more remote areas.

Scaling incentives

Major Cities
Inner Regional
Outer Regional
Very Remote
Period of restriction10 years9 years7 years6 years5 years

What it achieves

Scaling is one of a number of measures introduced to respond to rural and remote workforce shortages.

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