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Section A: Fees for Admitted Patients

8. Eligible (including Reciprocal Health Care) and Ineligible Patients

Hospitals may set fees for patients who are not covered by Medicare including overseas patients. Fees for ineligible patients should be set to achieve full cost recovery. In setting fees, hospitals should be aware that some overseas patients are entitled to financial assistance (eg because of reciprocal health care agreements).

The fees will vary between hospitals, and are determined on either a DRG or bed day basis.

Fees raised on a DRG basis are calculated using the DRG cost weight and the private WIES rate. These are published in the Victorian health services policy and funding guidelines. The link is

The private WIES rate is found in Part 1, Appendix 2; DRG costs weights in Part 2, under technical guidelines.

The following provides a guide to fees raised on a per day basis:
Ineligible Patient Accommodation Charge

  Rates for 2013/2014
Patient Classification

Fee per day ($)

Same day


Over night (multi day)


Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

1 - 4 days


5 + days Original patient classification or HDU

Coronary Care Unit (CCU)

1 - 4 days


5 + days Original patient classification or HDU

High Dependency Unit (HDU)


Emergency Department



- Medical 193
- Allied Health refer (v)
Post Natal Care  
- mother 110
- baby 230

Hospital in the home


The following items will be separately charged to the fee determined on either a DRG or bed day basis:
(i) Theatre fees charged based on TAC Schedule of Fees for Private Hospital Services (Non Arrangement).
(ii) Prostheses in line with the Commonwealth’s schedule rate.
(iii) Diagnostics at 100% of CMBS.
(iv) Drugs at cost (Note: only for bed day fee as DRG fee already includes drug costs).
(v) Allied Health fees charged based on TAC schedule of Non Admitted fees for public patients.
Note: Medical costs are billed separately by the treating medical practitioner and are not included in the above.

To help determine eligibility status, and level (if any) of financial assistance, see:

  • the Department's PRS/2 Manual (as may be amended from time to time), which can be accessed though:Internet website: and refer: Part A, Definitions Related to Patients (- see also specification changes at )
    • Patient Categories
      • Eligible Person
        • Australian Resident
        • Eligible Overseas Representative
        • Reciprocal Health Care Agreements
        • Persons Declared Eligible by the Minister
      • Ineligible Person
      • Types of Ineligible Patient
        • Exempt Patient
        • Non-Exempt Patient.

Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA)

Circular No. 23/2009 Reciprocal Health Care Agreements

Asylum seekers

For information from the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in relation to assistance for asylum seekers in Australia (including Medicare eligibility), please see the web link below.

For State arrangements for public hospitals with respect to Asylum seekers refer Circular 27/2005

9. Nursing Home Type Patients

The following fees are charged daily for nursing home type patients in public hospitals:

Standard Fees

Benefit (private patients) $118.00
Patient Contribution (public & private patients) $54.75

(See section on Compensable Patients re: compensable nursing home patients)

Date of effect: 20 September 2013
Reference: Circular No. 11/2013

10. Pharmaceutical Fees

Public hospitals in Victoria that are participating in the Australian Health Care Agreement-Pharmaceutical Reforms are permitted to raise fees for admitted patients upon discharge, non participating hospitals are not permitted to raise fees for admitted patients upon discharge.

Patient Contribution per Prescription Item

General patients - up to $36.10 for PBS listed items and up to cost price for non-PBS listed items.

Concessional Beneficiaries - up to $5.90 for PBS listed items and up to cost price for non-PBS listed items.

Brand and Therapeutic Group premiums may also be applied by participating hospitals.

Information regarding the Pharmaceutical Benefits Safety Net Scheme and Concessional Beneficiaries can be found in Section B: Fees for Non-Admitted Patients

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Last updated: 16 January, 2014

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