Hasluck residents will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions with the Morrison Government announcing a comprehensive Medicare funded MRI licence for St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital.
The MRI licence has been granted following a strong local campaign and is expected to benefit 4,000 patients a year through a Medicare rebate and provide an estimated 5,500 services a year.
“This is a victory for our local community and means better, more affordable health care,” said Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt AM.
“Having a fully licenced MRI service will slash wait times, it will be cheaper and it will make a difference for thousands of people.
“Currently, patients have to access private MRI services or travel to units located in Perth, Kelmscott or Joondalup.
“I thank local campaign supporters and commend the almost 2,800 people who signed on to our Midland MRI petition.
“Ensuring we all have access to affordable and quality health care, regardless of where we live, is incredibly important to me.”
The standard out-of-pocket cost for a private MRI scan is between $350 and $400.
An MRI scan is a commonly used to give a detailed view of the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, ligaments, brain tissue, discs and blood vessels. It is used by doctors to diagnose and monitor medical conditions including cancer and trauma or sporting injuries
St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital is among ten locations to receive Medicare subsidised MRIs from 1 November 2018, subject to the sites meeting the required approvals and administrative requirements.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Liberal National Government was helping Australians stay healthy and keeping down the cost of healthcare for families.
“Our plan for a strong economy means we continue to deliver record funding for essential services such as Medicare, public hospitals and life-saving medicines.” Minister Hunt said.
“The Morrison Government is committed to providing high quality health services when and where they are needed.
“Not only will our new Medicare support ensure patients get better treatment and save money, it will also cut down the amount of time patients travel to get a scan.”
A competitive public application process will also determine the location for a further 20 Medicare eligible MRIs and the government invites prospective facilities to apply for consideration.
The total of 30 sites to receive Medicare subsidised MRIs will provide more than 400,000 Australians access to lifesaving scans with a total $175 million investment from the Morrison Government.
Medicare spending is guaranteed and increasing every year from approximately $24 billion in 2017‑18 to $28.8 billion in 2021‑22.
The Liberal National Government has also announced an additional $2 billion investment in diagnostic imaging over the next decade.
We are retaining the bulk-billing incentive and indexing targeted diagnostic imaging services including mammography, fluoroscopy, CT scans and interventional procedures.
By contrast, Labor has only committed $80 million and not made any commitment to the re-indexation of diagnostic imaging rebates.
The Liberal National Government is helping Australians stay healthy while keeping the cost of healthcare down for families.
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