Medical Indemnity National Collection (Public Sector) 2010-11
Quality Statement Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Synonymous names:||MINC (PS)|
|Quality statement summary:|
The Medical Indemnity National Collection (Public Sector), or MINC (PS), is a dataset that contains information on the number, nature and costs of public sector medical indemnity claims in Australia. Medical indemnity claims are claims for compensation for harm or other loss allegedly due to the delivery of health care.
Data on medical indemnity claims may change over the life of a claim as new information becomes available or the reserve amount set against the likely cost of closing the claim is revised.
Western Australia withdrew from the MINC (PS) for the 2010–11 year.
Although there are coding specifications for national medical indemnity claims data, there are some variations in how jurisdictional health authorities that are party to the MINC (PS) report medical indemnity claims.
The MINC (PS) contains information on medical indemnity claims against providers covered by public sector medical indemnity arrangements. The health service may have been provided in settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, private general practitioner surgeries, community health centres, residential aged care facilities or mental health-care establishments or during the delivery of ambulatory care.
States and territories receive their data from public sector medical indemnifiers and government health service providers. They use their data to monitor and regulate the costs incurred from claims of harm or other loss allegedly caused through the delivery of health services covered by public sector medical indemnity arrangements.
The MINC (PS) includes:
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It is an independent statutory authority established in 1987, governed by a management Board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health and Ageing portfolio.
The AIHW aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. It collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The Institute also plays a role in developing and maintaining national metadata standards. This work contributes to improving the quality and consistency of national health and welfare statistics. The Institute works closely with governments and non-government organisations to achieve greater adherence to these standards in administrative data collections to promote national consistency and comparability of data and reporting.
One of the main functions of the AIHW is to work with the states and territories to improve the quality of administrative data and, where possible, to compile national datasets based on data from each jurisdiction, to analyse these datasets and disseminate information and statistics.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987, in conjunction with compliance to the Privacy Act 1988, (Cth) ensures that the data collections managed by the AIHW are kept securely and under the strictest conditions with respect to privacy and confidentiality. For further information see the AIHW website www.aihw.gov.au.
Data for the MINC (PS) are supplied to the AIHW by state and territory health authorities under the terms of the MINC (PS) Agreement. The MINC (PS) Agreement governs the AIHW’s collection and use of the MINC (PS) data. The Agreement includes the state and territory health authorities, the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and the AIHW as co-signatories. Representatives from all of these agencies make up the Medical Indemnity Data Working Group (MIDWG), which oversees the MINC.
The MINC (PS) includes data for January to June 2003 and for each financial year from 2003–04 to 2010–11. The 2010–11 data covers the period from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.
According to the MINC (PS) Agreement, data are provided annually by August following the financial year to which the data relate. Data cleaning and validation are scheduled for completion during the following October. For the 2010–11 year, data were received between August 2011 and February 2012, and validation was completed in February 2012.
The AIHW’s publication of the MINC (PS) data in Australia’s medical indemnity claims 2010–11 was originally planned for release in June 2012. It is being released in August 2012.
Australia’s medical indemnity claims 2010–11 is the nineth report in its series. All are available without charge on the AIHW website. Links to the reports are listed sequentially at:
Interactive data cubes for MINC PS 2010–11 data will follow the release of the Australia’s medical indemnity claims 2010–11 report.
Release or publication of MINC data requires the unanimous consent of the MIDWG. Interested parties can request access to MINC (PS) aggregated data not available online or in reports via the Communications, Media and Marketing Unit on (02) 6244 1032 or via email to [email protected].
|Interpretability:||Information to aid in the interpretation of the data in Australia’s medical indemnity claims 2010–11 is presented in Chapter 2 and 'Appendix 1: MINC data items and key terms' of the report.|
Scope and coverage
Western Australia did not report any data to the MINC (PS) for 2010–11 and so the available national data, excludes Western Australia for 2010–11.
There is some variation between reporting jurisdictions in terms of which cases fall within the scope of the MINC (PS), due to different reserving practices. For 2010–11, 100% of all public sector claims considered by reporting jurisdictions to fall within scope were reported to the AIHW.
Many of the data items in the MINC (PS) collect information on the patient or ‘claim subject’, the person who received the health-care service and was involved in the health-care incident that is the basis for the claim, and who may have suffered, or did suffer, harm or other loss as a result. The patient may or may not be a claimant, that is, the person(s) pursuing the claim. In the case of potential claims there may be no claimant. Information is not collected on the claimant as such.
Not known responses
Not applicable responses
Incident/allegation category definitions
The master database holds the most up-to-date information available on Australia’s public sector medical indemnity claims. Several jurisdictions have audited their medical indemnity claims collections in recent years, or detected changes that should be made to the coded data, and all changes are reflected in the master database. Occasionally, a health authority has requested the AIHW to remove a previously transmitted record, for instance if it involves public liability rather than medical indemnity. As a result of these changes, the data reported by the AIHW on medical indemnity claims for any particular year is subject to change.
There have been a number of enhancements to the MINC (PS) specifications since the initial data collection in 2003. While the enhancements have been designed to retain comparability with previously collected data, the following changes to the 2009–10 data specifications require comment.
Mode of claim finalisation
Status of claim
Nature of claim—loss to claim subject/other parties
Extent of harm
Claim subject’s date of birth
Claim record particulars flag
Use of Not known as a coding option for closed claims
Comparison with other collections
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
|Reference documents:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012. Australia’s medical indemnity claims 2010−11. Safety and quality of health care series no. 12. Cat. no. HSE 120. Canberra: AIHW.|
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See also Medical Indemnity National Collection (Private Sector) 2010-11
See also Medical Indemnity National Collection (Private Sector) 2011-12