Same-day patients may be either intended to be separated on the same day, or intended overnight-stay patients who left of their own accord, died or were transferred on their first day in the hospital.
Same-day admissions are generally governed by Commonwealth legislation. The decision on whether to admit a person as a same-day patient is determined by explicit inclusions and exclusions for procedures and conditions found in the following lists, which are based on Schedule 3 of the :
- Admitted procedures (Type B) list
- Non-admitted procedures (Type C) list.
These lists can be found in Appendix 2 - (1). Admitted procedures (Type B) list and Appendix 3 - (2). Non- admitted procedures (Type C) list.
To be admitted as a same-day private patient, the person must meet one of the following criteria:
- they receive same-day surgical and diagnostic services as specified in bands 1A, 1B, 2, 3, and 4 but excluding uncertified type C Professional Attention Procedures as specified in the Health Insurance Basic Table as defined in s.4 (1) of the National Health Act 1953 (Clth)
- they receive type C Professional Attention Procedures and a medical practitioner has certified that their admission was necessary on the grounds of their medical condition or other special circumstances.
The following fees are charged for all same day patients who, on admission to a public hospital, have elected to be treated as private patients. Same day patients admitted for minor procedures (that is, those procedures contained in the Commonwealth's Type C exclusion list) must be certified as requiring hospital admission.
Commonwealth minimum benefit for shared room accommodation 2022-23 #
Estimated costs for 2022-23 *
Same day - Band 1
Same day - Band 2
Same day - Band 3
Same day - Band 4
# Updated in line with advice from Commonwealth with effect from 1 July 2022
*The average costs are based on the 2020-21 Victorian Cost Data Collection using IPHA indexation rates for for the ensuing years to 2022-23. Includes depreciation loading.
Reviewed 25 May 2022