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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 66-Public health program expenditure as a proportion of total health expenditure, 2012 QS

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METeOR identifier:Help on this term500056
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Retired 14/01/2015

Relational attributes

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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 66-Public health program expenditure as a proportion of total recurrent health expenditure, 2012 Health, Retired 25/06/2013

Data quality

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  • The AIHW health expenditure database is a comprehensive collection of expenditure data across all jurisdictions, and the private sector, and encompasses all areas of health expenditure from hospitals to medical services to public health activities.
  • The indicator excludes small amounts of expenditure by State and Territory governments that are funded by non-government sources (in the form of fees-for-service, etc).
  • The numerator includes only expenditure from the Australian government and by the health departments in the various jurisdictions. It does not include activities undertaken, for example, in education departments that do not receive funding from the health department in a state or territory. It also currently excludes any expenditure on public health activities undertaken or funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
Institutional environment:Help on this term

The AIHW has calculated this indicator.

The data that are incorporated into the AIHW health expenditure database were supplied by a variety of data providers, including the DVA and DoHA, State and Territory health authorities, PHIAC, ABS and injury compensation insurers. In the case of medical services and benefit-paid pharmaceuticals, they are sourced from the Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme statistics, respectively. Many of the ultimate sources of these data are the financial reporting systems of the various organisations.

The AIHW is an independent statutory authority within the Health and Ageing portfolio, which is accountable to the Parliament of Australia through the Minister. For further information see the AIHW website.

Timeliness:Help on this term

The reference period for this data set is 2009–10.

Accessibility:Help on this term

The AIHW publishes a number of products that draw upon its health expenditure database. Published products available on the AIHW website are:

  • Health expenditure Australia and associated Excel tables
  • Public health expenditure Australia (up to 2008‑09) and associated Excel tables
  • Interactive data cubes
Interpretability:Help on this term

Supporting information on the quality and use of data from the Institute’s health expenditure database are published annually in Health expenditure Australia and Public health expenditure in Australia (up to 2008–09 only).

Relevance:Help on this term

The AIHW health expenditure database is a comprehensive collection of expenditure data across all jurisdictions, and the private sector, and encompasses all areas of health expenditure from hospitals to medical services to public health activities.

This indicator is regarded as a long-term indicator of public health effort and sustainability.

Public health activities that are not the subject of funding by State and Territory governments or the Australian Government through the major jurisdictional health departments are not included in the estimates on which the indicator is based. Therefore, State and Territory government expenditure excludes public health expenditure incurred by local governments, non-Health state government departments and other agencies. This results in a lower proportion of public health expenditure in comparison with total recurrent health expenditure.

Public health expenditure funded by the states and territories excludes funding by non-government sources that cannot be allocated to individual activities. In some cases, State and Territory programs funded by Public Health Outcome Funding Agreements payments or, from 2009‑10, the National Healthcare Agreement Specific Purpose Payments may not meet the definition of public health activities. As a result the Australian Government-funded component may be overstated and the State and Territory government-funded be understated by that figure.

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The AIHW develops, on advice from the National Public Health Expenditure Project’s Technical Advisory Committee, comprehensive guidelines to accompany the annual questionnaires that are sent to the Australian government and State and Territory health departments. These guidelines assist in ensuring that the data provided are consistent and comprehensive across jurisdictions. The AIHW undertakes checking of the data including comparisons of jurisdictions and over time.

Data are collected from states and territories for AIHW’s estimate of total recurrent health expenditure using a standard data collection template based on the Government Health Expenditure National Minimum Data Set (GHE NMDS).

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The data here are consistent with what are published in the Appendix B tables in Health expenditure Australia 2009–10.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 66-Public health program expenditure as a proportion of total health expenditure, 2011 QS Health, Superseded 04/12/2012

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