Person—Medicare personal identifier number, N(9)
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Medicare personal identifier number|
|Synonymous names:||Medicare PIN|
A unique numeric identifier issued for use in identifying a person who has accessed a Medicare claimable service event.
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||9|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
The Medicare PIN is system generated. The PIN allocated to a person at initial enrolment stays with that person throughout their existence in Medicare even if the person is supplied with different card numbers. A person can only be shown on two Medicare cards at one time and where a third card is required, a separate PIN is allocated (for example, a child shown on separate cards held by the parents and needs to be included on a carer's card).
It is anticipated that at some stage there will be a unique identifier for a consumer across programs (e.g. Medicare, PBS, etc). However, this is currently not the case.
Source and reference attributes
Department of Health
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