How long are specialist referrals valid?

Referrals to medical specialists (such as gynaecologists and orthopaedic surgeons) are required in order to claim full Medicare benefits for a consultation. Referrals from your GP generally last 12 months.

Ongoing referrals for a particular condition are also sometimes issued where long term care of that condition is needed.

It is a good idea to check that your referral is still valid before you see your specialist. It is illegal for your GP to give you a backdated referral after the consultation.


Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.

Source: Autumn 2007 Edition | Page 3

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