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Patient—election status, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termElection status
METeOR identifier:Help on this term566135
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 29/08/2014
Definition:Help on this termThe treatment election status of the patient in a health service event, whether public or private, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Patient—election status

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Public patient
2Private patient

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1   Public patient

A person, eligible for Medicare, who receives or elects to receive a public hospital service free of charge.

Includes: patients in public psychiatric hospitals who do not have the choice to be treated as a private patient. Also includes overseas visitors who are covered by a reciprocal health care agreement, and who elect to be treated as public patients.

CODE 2   Private patient

A person who elects to be treated as a private patient and elects to be responsible for paying fees for the type referred to in clause 49 of the Australian Health Care Agreements (2003–2008).

Clause 49 states that:

Private patients, compensable patients and ineligible persons may be charged an amount for public hospital services as determined by (the state or territory).

All patients in private hospitals (other than those receiving public hospital services and electing to be treated as a public patient) are private patients.

Includes: all patients who are charged (regardless of the level of the charge) or for whom a charge is raised for a third party payer (for example, Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Compensable patients). Also includes patients who are Medicare ineligible and receive public hospital services free of charge at the discretion of the hospital, and prisoners, who are Medicare ineligible while incarcerated.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

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The election status nominated by the patient at the time of treatment, to be treated as either:

  • a public patient;
  • or a private patient

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