Hospital Circular 04/2007
Date Issued: 20 March 2007
Distribution: Public Hospitals
Attention: Public Hospitals, Extended Care Centres, Metropolitan Health Services, and Regional Offices
Subject: Public Hospital Charges - ChangesNursing Home Type Patients (NHTP)
Public Hospital Charges – Changes
The Department has been advised of a pension increase that becomes effective from 20 March 2007. Pensioners and beneficiaries will see increases from their first payday after that date. As a consequence the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing has revised the minimum statutory NHTP contribution.
The current amount will be increased to $38.20 per day under the Health Insurance Act 1973. This represents 87.5% of the standard rate of the pension.
NHTP accommodation fee
As advised in Circular 8/2006, to bring Victoria’s charges into parity with other States, this fee will be increased incrementally during 2006/07. Accordingly, from 20 March 2007 the rate will increase by a further $3 to $92.15.
Public Hospitals should now update their NHTP co-payment and accommodation fees to reflect this change.
Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services