Activity Based Funding
Casemix analysis is pivotal to the Australian Government’s proposal for reform of the Australian health system called ‘A National Health and Hospitals Network for Australia’s Future’. A key feature of this reform proposal is the national introduction of Activity Based Funding (ABF) with the AR-DRG classification being used to define and count hospital ‘activity’ in relation to the treatment of acute admitted patients. Other casemix classifications are required to classify the other patient care that hospitals provide.
The CHSD has produced a series of short papers on ABF. This education and information series is designed to explain some of the key issues surrounding the Australian current hospital reform plan.