Department of Health

An admitted patient is defined as:

  • a person who undergoes a hospital's admission process to receive treatment and care
  • a patient whose entire care is not provided within a designated emergency department or urgent care centre and who meets at least one of the criteria for admission.

Admission can occur in a traditional hospital setting, in other settings under specified programs, or in the patient’s home (for example, patients in the Hospital in the Home program).

Patients who are admitted to a public hospital are classified as one of the following:

  • public admitted
  • private admitted
  • compensable (Transport Accident Commission, WorkSafe, Department of Veterans' Affairs, or other)
  • nursing-home type
  • ineligible.

Reviewed 22 February 2016


Contact details

Street address: 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Department of Health and Human Services GPO Box 4057, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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