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National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Public Hospitals Report - Round 22 (financial year 2017–18)

Date published: 11 February 2020

The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Public Hospitals Report, infographics and articles present the results from the Round 22 NHCDC (financial year 2017-18). These documents describe the hospital costs submitted by jurisdictions for the following activity streams: admitted acute care, non-admitted care, emergency care, mental health care, subacute and non-acute care.

NHCDC Data Request Specifications v1.0, Round 22, (Financial Year 2017-18)

The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Data Request Specifications (DRS) list the data elements to be submitted to IHPA and include the validation rules which will be applied to the data on submission.

NHCDC Public Hospitals Cost Report, Round 22 (Financial year 2017-18)

Between Round 21 and Round 22, the number of unique hospitals that submitted cost data to the NHCDC increased from 451 to 453. Despite the small overall increase, the group of submitting hospitals changed considerably– particularly from Queensland. Twenty-one of the 453 hospitals which participated in Round 22 did not participate in Round 21. Of these hospitals, 19 were located in Queensland. Similarly, Queensland’s Round 22 submission did not include 17 of the hospitals included in their Round 21 submission. Between the rounds, the number of Public Community Mental Health facilities submitted by Queensland decreased from 79 to 65, and the number of Primary Health Centres increased from 6 to 22.

The appendix to the NHCDC Report contains detailed tables relating to the collection.

Please click each of the images below to find out more.

How much does patient activity cost in Australia's public hospitals?

Round 22 overview Infographic

What is the cost of Australia's admitted acute care patients?

Round 22 admitted acute Infographic

What is the cost of Australia's non-admitted patients?

Round 22 non-admitted Infographic

What is the cost of Australia's sub-acute and non-acute care patients?

Round 22 sub-acute Infographic

What is the cost of Australia's emergency care patients?

Round 22 emergency Infographic

What is the cost of Australia's mental health care patients?

Round 22 Mental health Infographic

NHCDC Independent Financial Review, Round 22 (Financial year 2017-18)

The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) is the primary data collection that IHPA relies on to calculate the national efficient price used for the funding of public hospital services. To ensure that the quality of NHCDC data is robust and fit-for-purpose, IHPA commissions an independent financial review to assess whether all participating hospitals have included appropriate costs and patient activity. 

The Round 22 Independent Financial Review (IFR) Report provides an overall summary and findings by jurisdiction and for each participating site. It also outlines recommendations for IHPA and the jurisdictions to consider in future rounds of the IFR, with the aim of improving the consistency and transparency of NHCDC submissions.

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