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HEALTH INSURANCE ACT 1973 - SECT 3EA

Recognised Fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

             (1)  A medical practitioner may apply to the Chief Executive Medicare for a determination under this section.

             (2)  After receiving an application, the Chief Executive Medicare must, within the required period under subsection (3), determine that the applicant is a recognised Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners if the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners gives the Chief Executive Medicare written notice stating that the applicant:

                     (a)  is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; and

                     (b)  is eligible, in accordance with the regulations, for a determination under this section.

             (3)  The required period for the purposes of subsection (2) is:

                     (a)  the period of 14 days after the notice under subsection (2) was received by the Chief Executive Medicare; or

                     (b)  if the application was made after the notice was received--the period of 14 days after the application was received by the Chief Executive Medicare.

             (4)  The Chief Executive Medicare must give the applicant written notice of the day on which the determination will enter into force.

             (5)  The Chief Executive Medicare may give the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners information about whether or not determinations under this section are in force in respect of particular persons.

             (6)  The Chief Executive Medicare or an authorised officer may make available to members of the public, on request:

                     (a)  the names of medical practitioners in respect of whom determinations under this section are in force; and

                     (b)  the addresses at which they practise.

             (7)  In this section:

"authorised officer" means a Departmental employee (within the meaning of the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973 ) authorised in writing by the Chief Executive Medicare as an authorised officer for the purposes of this section.



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