There is nothing like 19AA spousal exemption. However, there is 19AB spousal exemption for the overseas trained doctors who are subject to 19AB. Exemptions under the spousal provisions as set out within the Guidelines for Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (HIA). Background to the spousal provisions The Guidelines for section 19AB of
How can a non-DWS medical practice apply for 19AB spousal exemption? Practices located in District of Workforce Shortage Statistical Area2 (SA2) can get 19AB exemption for overseas trained doctors. DWS status can help the OTD to fulfil the requirements under section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act, 1973. However, non-DWS area practices do have some
A district of workforce shortage (DWS) is an Statistical Area (SA2) in which the local population has less access to Medicare-subsidised medical services when compared to the national average. District of Workforce Shortage (DWS) areas are identified using the latest Medicare billing statistics and the latest residential population as per the ABS.