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The Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2021–22 (the Pricing Framework) is the key strategic document underpinning the national efficient price (NEP) and national efficient cost (NEC) Determinations for the financial year 2021–22 (NEP21 and NEC21 respectively).
As prescribed in Section 225 of the National Health Reform Act 2011 (the Act), the objectives of the IHPA Work Program are to:
- set out IHPA’s work program for the coming year; and
- invite interested persons (including states and territories) to make submissions to the Pricing Authority about the work program up to 30 days after publication.
An extract of Section 225 of the Act is attached at Appendix 1
The Pricing Framework 2016-17 builds on the Pricing Frameworks from previous years (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16). For simplicity, where IHPA has reaffirmed a previous principle, the supporting argument has not been restated in this year’s paper.