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The National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC) is a unique collection and remarkable evidence base that is used across the Australian health system.

The NHCDC plays a vital role in collating the vast majority of health system costs at a patient or ‘product’ level, and is the primary input to determine the national efficient price and national efficient cost (NEC) for the funding of public hospitals services.

To support consistency in the costing process, the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority works with stakeholders to develop and implement national costing standards.

The current version of the standards is the Australian Hospital Patient Costing Standards Version 4.1.  

Key publications