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National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) Public Sector Report 2013–14

Date published: 11 February 2016

The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) is a unique collection and valuable evidence base that is used across the Australian health system.

NHCDC Public Sector Data Request Specifications 2013-14

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

NHCDC Public Sector Cost Report

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of costs as reported in the NHCDC Public Sector 2013-14. The NHCDC Public Sector Cost Report 2013-14 includes costs from 447 hospitals, 46 more than in 2012-13. The total expenditure submitted to the NHCDC Public Sector 2013-14 was $33.8 billion, a 6.8 per cent increase from 2012-13.

Participation

The NHCDC Report 2013-14 includes costs from 447 hospitals, 46 more than in 2012-13. Queensland and NSW were the major contributors to this increase with 49 and 14 more hospitals respectively. Tasmania submitted 18 fewer hospitals than in 2012-13, these were all small rural hospitals. The increase in hospital participation led to an increase in the proportion of admitted acute activity for which expenditure were submitted by 1.0 percent to 92.3 percent.

Total expenditure

In the NHCDC Report 2013-14, total expenditure submitted was $33.8 billion, a 6.8 percent increase over 2012-13.

Expenditure is split between five streams:

  • Admitted acute accounted for 74 percent of total expenditure, reporting $24.8 billion from 352 hospitals. This represents a 6.3 percent increase in expenditure over 2012-13, with five fewer hospitals reporting data;
  • Emergency Department (ED) expenditure accounted for $4.0 billion from 256 hospitals. This represents a 6.1 percent increase in expenditure over 2012-13, with 13 fewer hospitals reporting data;
  • Non-Admitted expenditure accounted for $4.5 billion from 349 hospitals. This represents a 13.0 percent increase in expenditure over 2012-13, and an increase of 68 hospitals reporting data;
  • Subacute expenditure accounted for $2.2 billion from 335 hospitals. This represents a 7.0 percent increase in expenditure over 2012-13, with the number of hospitals reporting data unchanged; and
  • Other product expenditure accounted for $36.4 million from 195 hospitals. This represents a 33.9 percent decrease in expenditure over 2012-13, with 27 more hospitals reporting data.
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