South Australian report, March 2018

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In this report

This report includes the following tables:

This report is issued by the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool under section 240 of the National Health Reform Act 2011.

This report is prepared on a cash basis. It shows monthly and year-to-date (YTD) National Health Reform (NHR) funding and payments for South Australia for March 2018 as part of the National Health Reform Agreement.

Local hospital networks and National Health Reform

A local hospital network (LHN) is an organisation that provides public hospital services in accordance with the Agreement. An LHN can contain one or more hospitals, and is usually defined as a business group, geographical area or community. Every Australian public hospital is part of an LHN.

Note: The term ‘local hospital network’ is a national term. Some states and territories use their own terminology to describe these networks, such as local health districts, health organisations, and hospital and health services.

Under the Agreement, LHNs receive funding for the following public hospital services:

  • All admitted and non-admitted services
  • All emergency department services provided by a recognised emergency department
  • Other outpatient, mental health, sub-acute services and other services that could reasonably be considered a public hospital service.

Note: LHNs also receive funding from other sources, including the Commonwealth, states and territories, and third parties for the provision of other specific functions and services outside the scope of the Agreement, for example dental services, primary care, home and community care, residential aged care and pharmaceuticals. For further information on total funding to a particular LHN, contact the SA Department of Health to view the service agreement for that LHN.

Basis for National Health Reform payments – South Australia, March 2018

For the basis of the Commonwealth contribution to NHR funding, see Basis of Commonwealth NHR funding, 2017-18.

The basis used to determine NHR payments to LHNs in South Australia for March 2018 was advised by the SA Department of Health to be as follows:

In determining the annual funding allocation for all LHNs, the budget has been built up predominantly on an activity basis that shares principles with the IHPA framework. It is designed to equitably distribute funding to each LHN relative to all LHNs in South Australia. This occurs within the confines of a limited funding pool that includes adjustments to recognise cost improvements and the attainment of service efficiencies that are also equitably allocated on an activity basis. Supplementation is provided as block funding where an activity-based approach is not appropriate. This captures the provision of services including teaching, training and research, some mental health services and the delivery of out of hospital strategies incorporating primary health.

Monthly allocations to LHNs will vary for a variety of reasons, but they are predominantly cash flow financed based on need which includes the activity demand on hospital services.

Reference information

The financial information outlined in the following report is categorised as:

  • NHR funding – when the Commonwealth or state or territory government pays NHR funding into a state pool account or state managed fund.
  • NHR payments – when NHR funding that has been deposited into 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.

State pool account transactions

Table 1a – State pool account transactions – South Australia, March 2018

This table shows funding paid into the South Australian state pool account by the Commonwealth, South Australia or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the SA Department of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories for March 2018.

NHR funding by source Paid into state pool account Paid out of state pool account
To Local hospital networks To State
Managed Fund
To state
health department
To state pool (other State) Total paid out
($) ($) ($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth
ABF funding
91,992,044 91,992,044 91,992,044
Commonwealth
Block funding
14,583,846 14,583,846 14,583,846
Commonwealth
Other funding
2,252,478 2,252,478 2,252,478
Total C'wealth
funding
108,828,369 91,992,044 14,583,846 2,252,478 108,828,369
SA
funding
169,294,880 158,701,923 0 0 158,701,923
Other state/territory funding 0 0 0 0
Total 278,123,249 250,693,967 14,583,846 2,252,478 0 267,530,292

See definitions and explanatory notes following table 1b.

Table 1b – State pool account transactions YTD – South Australia, March 2018

Following on from table 1a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the South Australian state pool account by the Commonwealth, South Australia or other states/territories, and payments out of the state pool account to LHNs, the state managed fund, the SA Department of Health or the state pool accounts of other states/territories as at March 2018.

NHR funding by source Paid into state
pool account
Paid out of state pool account
To Local hospital
networks
YTD
To State
Managed Fund
YTD
To state health
department
YTD
To state pool (other State)
YTD
Total paid out
YTD
($) ($) ($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth
ABF funding
827,928,397 827,928,397 827,928,397
Commonwealth
Block funding
131,254,617 131,254,617 131,254,617
Commonwealth
Other funding
20,310,867 20,310,867 20,310,867
Total C'wealth
funding
979,493,881 827,928,397 131,254,617 20,310,867 979,493,881
SA
funding
1,483,582,931 1,390,064,569 0 0 1,390,064,569
Other state/territory funding 0 0 0 0
Total 2,463,076,812 2,217,992,966 131,254,617 20,310,867 0 2,369,558,450

Commonwealth ABF funding represents Acute admitted, Non-admitted, Emergency department, Sub-acute, and Admitted mental health service categories, which are funded by the Commonwealth through the state pool account and subsequently paid to LHNs.

Commonwealth Block funding represents Non-admitted mental health, Small rural hospitals, Teaching, training & research, and Other non-admitted categories, which are funded by the Commonwealth and paid to the state managed fund.

Commonwealth Other funding represents other amounts funded by the Commonwealth, transacted through the state pool account and subsequently paid to state or territory health departments. This currently represents the Commonwealth contribution to public health.

SA funding represents funding contributions paid by South Australia into its own state pool account, and subsequently paid to LHNs within the state, to the South Australian health department and/or to other state pool accounts.

Other state/territory funding represents contributions paid to South Australia by other states and territories for cross-border activity.

Note: The grey shaded areas in these tables reflect cells that are not applicable for a particular 'paid out' column. For example, Commonwealth block funding is only paid to state managed funds and not to local hospital networks or state or territory health departments.

NHR funding and payments shown in these tables include GST where applicable.

For more information, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

State managed fund transactions

Table 2a – State managed fund transactions – South Australia, March 2018

This table shows funding paid into the South Australia state managed fund by the Commonwealth and South Australia, and payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations for March 2018.

NHR funding by source Paid into state managed fund Paid out of state managed fund
To local hospital networks To Other Total paid out
($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth Block funding 14,583,846 14,583,846
State/territory Block funding 13,119,186 13,119,186
Total 27,703,033 27,703,033 0 27,703,033

See explanatory notes following table 2b.

Table 2b – State managed fund transactions YTD – South Australia, March 2018

Following on from table 2a, this table shows year-to-date (YTD) funding paid into the South Australian state managed fund by the Commonwealth and South Australia, and YTD payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations as at March 2018.

NHR funding by source Paid into state
managed fund
YTD
Paid out of state managed fund YTD
To local hospital
networks
YTD
To Other
YTD
Total paid out
YTD
($) ($) ($) ($)
Commonwealth Block funding 131,254,617 131,254,617
State/territory Block funding 163,469,763 163,469,763
Total 294,724,380 294,724,380 0 294,724,380

Block funding represents Non-admitted mental health, Small rural hospitals, Teaching, training & research, and Other non-admitted categories.

Commonwealth Block funding represents Commonwealth block funding contributions paid into the state managed fund from the state pool account, and block payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations.

State/territory Block funding represents South Australian block funding contributions into the state managed fund, and block payments out of the state managed fund to LHNs and other provider organisations.

Note: The grey shaded areas in these tables reflect that these block payments cannot at this stage be identified by source of funding (state, territory or Commonwealth contribution).

NHR funding and payments shown in these tables include GST where applicable.

For more, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

NHR funding and payments by service category

Table 3 – NHR funding and payments by service category – South Australia, March 2018

This table shows NHR funding and payments by service category on both a monthly and year-to-date (YTD) basis for South Australia for March 2018. NHR funding and payments are separated into the following service categories – activity-based funding (ABF), block funding, and other funding.

Service category NHR
funding
NHR
payments
NHR
funding YTD
NHR
payments YTD
($) ($) ($) ($)
ABF
Acute admitted 164,140,740 158,085,274 1,451,347,556 1,396,814,888
Admitted mental health 20,497,725 19,669,939 187,941,319 181,538,394
Sub-acute 13,320,528 12,758,207 124,284,493 120,467,336
Emergency department 30,587,154 29,600,456 262,933,137 252,754,995
Non-admitted 32,445,897 30,580,091 283,421,892 266,417,354
Total ABF (Pool) 260,992,044 250,693,967 2,309,928,397 2,217,992,966
Block
Small rural hospitals 12,650,760 12,650,760 117,138,541 117,138,541
Teaching, training & research 4,723,365 4,723,365 59,739,422 59,739,422
Non-admitted mental health 6,475,575 6,475,575 80,531,236 80,531,236
Other non-admitted services 3,853,333 3,853,333 37,315,182 37,315,182
Total Block (SMF) 27,703,033 27,703,033 294,724,380 294,724,380
Other
Public health funding 2,252,478 2,252,478 20,310,867 20,310,867
Overdeposit 0 0 0 0
Cross-border 0 0 0 0
Interest 294,880 0 1,582,931 0
Total Other (Pool) 2,547,358 2,252,478 21,893,798 20,310,867
Grand Total 291,242,435 280,649,478 2,626,546,575 2,533,028,213

Total ABF (Pool) is an aggregate of both Commonwealth and state or territory NHR funding and payments for activity-based funding (ABF) which is transacted through the state pool account.

Total Block (SMF) is an aggregate of both Commonwealth and state or territory NHR funding and payments for block funding which is transacted through the state managed fund (SMF).

Total Other (Pool) represents other funding and payments transacted through the state pool account, including public health funding, overdeposits, cross-border funding and payments, and interest.

State and territory cross-border payments can either be:

  • Paid to the relevant state or territory's LHNs - included within ABF and/or block payments in the above table, or
  • Reimbursed to the relevant state or territory where the state or territory's LHNs are already being funded for the cost of treating cross-border patients - shown in the Cross-border row under Other in the above table.

NHR funding and payments shown in these tables include GST where applicable.

For more information, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

NHR contributions by local hospital network

Table 4a – NHR contributions by local hospital network – South Australia, March 2018

This table shows NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in South Australia during March 2018.

NHR contributions to LHNs are separated into an activity-based funding (ABF) component and a block component.

Local hospital network (LHN) ABF component
(ex GST)
Block component
(ex GST)
Total NHR payment
(ex GST)
($) ($) ($)
Central Adelaide Local Health Network 86,751,809 5,548,191 92,300,000
Central Office Services 4,197,000 0 4,197,000
Country Health SA Local Health Network 36,793,018 18,106,982 54,900,000
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network 38,318,490 1,381,510 39,700,000
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network 62,422,032 1,877,968 64,300,000
Women's and Children's Health Network 22,211,619 788,381 23,000,000
Total 250,693,967 27,703,033 278,397,000

See explanatory notes below table 4b.

Table 4b – NHR contributions by local hospital network YTD – South Australia, March 2018

This table shows YTD NHR contributions (from state, territory and Commonwealth sources) made to each LHN in South Australia as at March 2018.

NHR contributions to LHNs are separated into an activity-based funding (ABF) component and a block component.

Local hospital network ABF component YTD
(ex GST)
Block component YTD
(ex GST)
Total NHR payment YTD
(ex GST)
($) ($) ($)
Central Adelaide Local Health Network 771,790,623 55,633,723 827,424,346
Central Office Services 37,773,000 0 37,773,000
Country Health SA Local Health Network 272,900,073 167,659,927 440,560,000
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network 353,726,409 26,333,591 380,060,000
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network 579,628,291 38,701,709 618,330,000
Women's and Children's Health Network 202,174,571 6,395,429 208,570,000
Total 2,217,992,966 294,724,380 2,512,717,346

NHR contributions in this table are GST exclusive to enable comparability of NHR payments in each LHN report.

Note: This table excludes GST.
The majority of government funding to LHNs is not subject to GST. However in some cases hospital funding to non-government entities does attract GST, for example, denominational hospitals, privately and commercially owned health facilities, or any other non-government third party provider of health services or related supplies.

For more information, see National Health Reform funding and payments.

Estimated monthly, YTD and annual activity

States and territories provide service volume estimates at the start of each financial year, and if required, can continue to refine these estimates during the course of the year. These estimates form the basis of monthly reporting of service volumes until actual service numbers become available. These estimates are expressed as National Weighted Activity Units (NWAU).

States and territories provide estimated annual NWAU to the Administrator as a basis for determining the Commonwealth activity-based funding. Current month NWAU estimates accumulate through the year-to-date (YTD) NWAU, to be equal to the annual NWAU at the end of the financial year.

States and territories may also provide activity information relating to the delivery of other public hospital functions funded.

Table 5 – Estimated monthly, YTD and annual NWAU by local hospital network – South Australia, March 2018

This table shows estimated state or territory hospital activity for activity-based funding services expressed as NWAU for March 2018, the associated cumulative year-to-date (YTD), and total estimated annual NWAU for each LHN in South Australia.

Local hospital network (LHN) Estimated NWAU delivered in current month Estimated NWAU delivered YTD Estimated annual NWAU 2017-18
Central Adelaide Local Health Network 17,192 152,951 203,373
Central Office Services 832 7,486 9,979
Country Health SA Local Health Network 7,292 54,082 68,218
Northern Adelaide Local Health Network 7,594 70,100 93,822
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network 12,371 114,869 153,487
Women's and Children's Health Network 4,402 40,066 53,485
Total 49,682 439,555 582,364

An NWAU is a measure of health service activity expressed as a common unit. It provides a way of comparing and valuing each public hospital service, whether they are admissions, emergency department presentations or outpatient episodes, by weighting them for their clinical complexity. The average hospital service is worth one NWAU - the most intensive and expensive activities are worth multiple NWAU, the simplest and least expensive are worth fractions of an NWAU.

Monthly NHR payments relate to the cash needs of public hospitals and do not necessarily reflect the volume of services to be delivered in the month.

For more information on the NWAU calculation, see Calculation of NWAU.