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Medicare card number identifier N(11)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270694
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services, Recorded 27/03/2007
Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012
Definition:Help on this termA combination of numeric characters that uniquely identify a Medicare customer.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termIdentifier
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN(11)
Maximum character length:Help on this term11

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this termFull Medicare number for an individual (i.e. family number plus person (individual reference) number).
Comments:Help on this term

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.

Relational attributes

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Person—government funding identifier, Medicare card number N(11) Community Services, Recorded 27/03/2007
Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012

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