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Person—government funding identifier, Medicare card number N(11)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termMedicare card number
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270101
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, 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
ACT Health, Final 02/01/2019
Definition:Help on this termPerson identifier, allocated by the Health Insurance Commission to eligible persons under the Medicare scheme, that appears on a Medicare card.
Context:Help on this term

Medicare utilisation statistics.

Persons eligible for Medicare services.

Data Element Concept:Person—government funding identifier

Value domain attributes

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.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this termThe Medicare card number should only be collected from persons eligible to receive health services that are to be funded by the Commonwealth government. The number should be reported to the appropriate government agency to reconcile payment for the service provided. The data should not be used by private sector organisations for any other purpose unless specifically authorised by law. For example, data linkage should not be carried out unless specifically authorised by law.
Comments:Help on this termNote: Veterans may have a Medicare card number and a Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) number or only a DVA number.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termStandards Australia
Origin:Help on this termAS5017 Health care client identification

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Medicare card number, version 2, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.6 KB)

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2016 Tasmanian Health, Archived 05/07/2017

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Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2017 Tasmanian Health, Archived 10/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2018 Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 10/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2013-14 WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015

DSS specific attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2014-15 WA Health, Endorsed 24/04/2015

DSS specific attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2016-17 WA Health, Endorsed 30/05/2017

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
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National Healthcare Agreement: P21-Treatment rates for mental illness, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 17-Treatment rates for mental illness, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 17-Treatment rates for mental illness, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 17-Treatment rates for mental illness, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 17–Treatment rates for mental illness, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 17–Treatment rates for mental illness, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 17–Treatment rates for mental illness, 2018 Health, Standard 30/01/2018
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21-Treatment rates for mental illness, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21-Treatment rates for mental illness, 2012 Health, Superseded 25/06/2013
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-GP-type services, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-GP-type services, 2012 Health, Retired 25/06/2013
Population access to clinical mental health care, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018
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