Classification of Health Care Providers (ICHA-HP)
Basic Bibliographic Information
To Be Determined
OECD/WHO/Eurostat (2011), A System of Health Accounts: 2011 Edition, OECD Publishing, Paris, Chapter 6, p. 121-
ISBN: 9789264116016 (PDF) ; 9789264116009 (print)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Available Languages (besides English):
Fully available only in English.
Purpose of the Classification
The classification of health care providers (ICHA-HP) serves the purpose of classifying all organisations that contribute to the provision of health care goods and services, by arranging country-specific provider units into common, internationally applicable categories.
Compilation of health expenditure and financing statistics and health accounts according to the manual A System of Health Accounts 2011 (SHA 2011). The classification is an integral part of the core accounting framework provided by SHA 2011.
Compilers of health accounts (mainly National Statistical Institutes, Ministries of Health)
Final consumption expenditure of resident units on health care goods and services
Concept Being Classified:
The main objective of the classification of health care providers is to be comprehensive and complete. Comprehensiveness means that all organisations in the field of interest should be covered, while completeness means that all activities in the field of interest should be compiled, irrespective of the type of organisation.
Relationships to Other International Classifications:
Major Differences (Scope, Structure, and Concepts):
Definition of Structure:
Number of Items:
Criteria for Definition of Levels:
The HP classification tries to structure health care providers into meaningful, homogeneous groups of providers within categories and at the same time to ensure heterogeneity between categories. The criterion 'type of health care activity' is relevant when providers are grouped into certain categories of the HP classification.
Chronology of revisions/versions of the classification:
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Official Adopting Entity:
OECD, Eurostat, WHO
International Health Accounts Team (OECD, WHO, Eurostat)
Reason for Latest Revision:
To refine, expand and correct the previous version.
SHA 2011 offers a more concise picture of the universe of health care providers, with closer links to standard industry classifications.
Coding Index Available:
Correspondence with Other Classifications:
Training Materials and Other Documents:
Agency / Office:
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