The application process for medicare has been streamlined to simplify the medical profession and to speed up the process of getting patients covered by the healthcare system.
The Medical Practitioner Licence System (MPLS), a licensing system designed to ensure that medical professionals in a particular profession are qualified to practice in Australia, is now being used instead of an examination and interview process.MPLS applicants can be seen in person or via a video link by a registered doctor or nurse.
MPLS applications are sent to the relevant Health Care Services (HCS) by email, fax or in person and can be answered in as little as five minutes.
Under the new system, medical practitioners are also able to apply online, by phone or via the online application form on the MPLS website.
Currently, applications for the MPLs are being accepted on an annual basis, but the deadline for applications to be processed is January 1.
Dr Ian Hirst, a GP and director of the Centre for Medicare and Medicare Levy, which runs the MPLAB, said the move to online applications made it easier for GP’s to make sure they were fully prepared to make the application process simpler.
“We’ve had a lot of people applying in the past couple of years, and we’ve had the MPLT, and there’s been a lot more that have had to apply in the last couple of months,” he said.
“And that’s really what’s been really good about this, that people are being able to do it so quickly and make sure their application is complete.”MPLAB director Dr David Williams said the new application process was designed to provide more certainty to the medical community.
“There’s a lot that we can do that are very important and have very real benefits, so it’s very important that our system has a system that’s very simple, that’s clear and understandable and we can get these applications out to people as quickly as possible,” Dr Williams said.
“And we want to get the people who have a real need for it as quickly and as quickly we can.”