Medicare card number identifier N(11)
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Value Domain|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 01/03/2005|
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 02/09/2016
WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015
Indigenous, Endorsed 05/09/2014
Community Services (retired), Recorded 27/03/2007
|Definition:||A combination of numeric characters that uniquely identify a Medicare customer.|
|Maximum character length:||11|
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:||Full Medicare number for an individual (i.e. family number plus person (individual reference) number).|
The Medicare card number is printed on a Medicare card and is used to access Medicare records for an eligible person.
Up to 9 persons can be included under the one Medicare card number with up to five persons appearing on one physical card.
Persons grouped under one Medicare card number are often a family, however, there is no requirement for persons under the same Medicare card number to be related.
A person may be shown under separate Medicare card numbers where, for example, a child needs to be included on separate Medicare cards held by their parents. As a person can be identified on more than one Medicare card this is not a unique identifier for a person.
|Data elements implementing this value domain:|
Person—government funding identifier, Medicare card number N(11) Health, Standard 01/03/2005