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The Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2014-2015 builds on the two previous Pricing Frameworks (2012-2013 Pricing Framework and 2013-2014 Pricing Framework). For simplicity, where IHPA reaffirmed a previous principle, the supporting argument was not restated in this paper.
The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (Pricing Authority) is established under the National Health Reform Act 2011 (Cth) (the Act), and by virtue of section 131(1) of the Act is invested with the following functions relevant to this 2014-15 National Efficient Cost Determination (Determination):
(a) to determine the national efficient cost for health care services provided by public hospitals where the services are block funded;
This Discussion Paper develops the elements of a Draft Pricing Framework for use by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority in the national implementation of activity based funding (ABF) for Australian public hospitals.