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Definition

Person identifier, allocated by the Health Insurance Commission to eligible persons under the Medicare scheme, that appears on a Medicare card.

Components

Data Element (this item)

Representation

This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Medicare card number identifier N(11) ".
Data Type Number
Format N(11)
Maximum character length 11

Comments

Guide for use:
The 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.

Context:

Medicare utilisation statistics.

Persons eligible for Medicare services.

Origin:
AS5017 Health care client identification

Comments:
Note: Veterans may have a Medicare card number and a Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) number or only a DVA number.

References

Related content

Relation Count
Inclusion in Data Set Specifications 9
Inclusion in Data Distributions 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 12
As a denominator in an Indicator 1
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0