Hospital care

Hospital care in Australia is among the best in the world. Discover how we fund hospitals, how a facility becomes a hospital and the kinds of data we collect to inform policy and make sure funding is fair and equitable.

Learn about hospital care

Learn about hospital care in Australia, including the types of hospitals and how they're funded.

HCP data

Find out about Hospital Casemix Protocol (HCP) data. Both public and private hospitals provide this information.

PHDB data

Learn about Private Hospital Data Bureau (PHDB) data. Only private hospitals provide this information.

List of declared hospitals

Hospitals must be officially declared by the Minister for Health and Aged Care. See the current list of declared hospitals.

Resources

Resources

List of declared hospitals

The Minister for Health and Aged Care must declare a facility to be a hospital under section 121–5(6) of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007. View the current list of declared hospitals.

HCP data specifications – HCP1 – Insurer to department – 2024–25

The Hospital Casemix Protocol (HCP) data specification for HCP1 files for 2024–25 details the financial, clinical and demographic data that hospitals must provide private health insurers. Private health insurers must then provide this data to us. Effective from 1 July 2024.

GT-Dental data specification – Insurer to department – 2024–25

The Hospital Casemix Protocol (HCP) data specification for General Treatment-Dental files for 2024–25 details the financial, clinical and demographic data that hospitals must provide private health insurers. Private health insurers must then provide this data to us. Effective from 1 July 2024.

Did you know?

We have over 1300

hospitals in Australia, both public and private

About 32,400

hospitalisations per day happen in Australia

Around 24,100

people presented for care at public hospital emergency departments

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Australia's hospitals at a glance