Hospital Casemix Protocol (HCP)

The HCP data set is a valuable source of information for the private health industry.

Page last updated: 28 April 2022

The collection includes clinical, demographic and financial information for privately insured admitted patient services. The collection has episodic, benefit and charge data for privately insured admitted patient episodes nationally from 1996/97. The collection is unique and is a valuable tool for services evaluation and research for both industry and Government.

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User guide for data submission to the department

A guide for hospitals and funds to validate and submit the following data files to the department for collections under the Private Health Insurance Act 2007:

  • Private Hospital Data Bureau (PHDB)
  • Hospital Casemix Protocol (HCP) – (validation only)
  • Hospital Casemix Protocol 1 (HCP1)
  • Hospital Casemix Protocol 2 (HCP2)
  • General Treatment Dental (GT-Dental )

HCP and PHDB Annual Report

Reporting requirements


There are two types of HCP specifications: One for hospitals to funds and the other for funds to the Commonwealth.

Current Specifications

Hospital Casemix Protocol (HCP)

Private Hospital Data Bureau (PHDB)

Historical Specifications

Historical Data Specifications are available on our Hospital Casemix Protocol (HCP) and Private Hospital Data Bureau (PHDB) Historical Data Specifications page.

Related Private Health Insurance Circulars

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