Foreword

Fees and charges for acute health services in Victoria: a handbook for public hospitals compiles departmental policy on fees and charges for services provided by public hospitals including references to relevant legislation or publications. The fees manual contains links to select Commonwealth and State circular and publication sites.

The handbook benefits service providers by ensuring that information used on a regular basis is available in a convenient form. However, the handbook does not replace the statutory law and should not be regarded as a legal document.

Agency responsibilities

The Department of Health and Human Services seeks to ensure changes to public hospitals fees and charges are accessible as soon as possible as this helps agencies implement any changes by their date of effect. Accordingly CEOs or their delegate(s) of all Victorian public health services are to ensure access to that information by relevant staff.

Key sources of government and department advice of changes to public hospital fees and charges currently include Commonwealth Circulars and Victorian Hospital Circulars. 

Victorian public hospital circulars

Throughout this handbook, State Department Circulars issued by the department are denoted by a circular number and date of issue. Commonwealth Department of Health Circulars issued by the Private Health Industry Branch are prefixed 'PHI'.

These are coordinated by the finance branch of the department and include departmental policy on fees and charges for services provided by public hospitals. To subscribe to automatic notification of these please log on to the DHHS website and click onto alerts, advisories and newsletter at the bottom of the page and follow the prompts.

Find out more on hospital circulars internet website.

Commonwealth circulars

These are produced by the Private Health Industry Branch, Commonwealth Department of Health. They include information relating specifically to regulations, default benefit changes and other specific policy issues. To receive these direct by email within around 24 hours of publication, email subscription details to Private Health Industry Branch at PHI@health.gov.au. Details should include nature of business, company name, contact name, position, postal address, phone, fax and if possible email address. Commonwealth Department of Health Circulars issued by the Private Health Industry Branch are prefixed 'PHI'.