National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Public Hospitals Report - Round 24 (financial year 2019–20)

Date published: 11 March 2022

The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Public Hospitals Report and infographic present the results from the Round 24 NHCDC (financial year 2019–20). 

It is important to note that the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic impacted the accuracy and completeness of public hospital expenditure and activity submitted to the Round 24 NHCDC. The Round 24 NHCDC data may not be consistent with prior years and across states and territories.

These documents account for the hospital costs submitted by jurisdictions for the following activity streams: admitted acute, non-admitted, emergency department, mental health, subacute and non-acute.

NHCDC Data Request Specifications, Round 24 (Financial Year 2019-20)

The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Data Request Specifications (DRS) contain detailed guidance regarding the submission of Round 24 NHCDC data.

NHCDC Public Hospitals Cost Report, Round 24 (Financial year 2019-20)

For Round 24, IHPA received data from 553 hospitals nationally.

Between Round 23 and Round 24, the number of unique hospitals increased by 9.1 per cent. This includes 22 hospitals that submitted data previously, however, did not report data for Round 24.

Nationally, 68 new establishments reported cost data for Round 24, of these, 39 were mental health establishments including ambulatory mental health data.

The appendix to the NHCDC Report contains detailed tables relating to the collection and Data Quality Statements received from jurisdictions.

NHCDC Independent Financial Review, Round 24 (Financial year 2019-20)

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 24 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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