An admitted patient is defined as:
- a person who undergoes a hospital's admission process to receive treatment and care
- a patient whose entire care is not provided within a designated emergency department or urgent care centre and who meets at least one of the criteria for admission.
Admission can occur in a traditional hospital setting, in other settings under specified programs, or in the patient’s home (for example, patients in the Hospital in the Home program).
Patients who are admitted to a public hospital are classified as one of the following:
- public admitted
- private admitted
- compensable (Transport Accident Commission, WorkSafe, Department of Veterans' Affairs, or other)
- nursing-home type