What is the difference between NHR funding and payments?

National Health Reform funding occurs when the Commonwealth or state or territory government pays NHR funding into a state pool account or state managed fund.

National Health Reform payments occur when NHR funding in a state pool account or state managed fund is paid out of the state pool account by the Administrator, or is paid out of the state managed fund by the state or territory.

For a particular month, NHR funding may not be equal to NHR payments, as the balance held in either the state pool account or state managed funds at the beginning of the month, may be different to the balance at the end of the month. For example if a state's pool account had a zero balance on 1 July, and the balance of the pool account increased to $2 million by 31 July and was carried over into the next month due to state funding not being completely paid out for the month, then funding would show as $2 million higher than payments.