Competitive public application process for an MRI licence now open

A competitive public application process has been opened to determine the location for 20 Medicare eligible MRI licences.

Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said that the Sunshine Coast was a prime location for one of these licences.

“Over the last two years, with the Federal Government’s support, we have seen the emergence of a true healthcare hub here on the Sunshine Coast. With cutting edge research facilities at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Thompson Institute, the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and the nation’s first residential treatment facility for eating disorders being built in Mooloolah Valley, the Coast is now one of Queensland’s leading healthcare centres. Another MRI licence would be a further important step in making the Sunshine Coast the place to come for diagnosis, treatment and research.” Mr Wallace said.

“I encourage prospective local facilities to apply for consideration for an MRI licence to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions.”

An MRI is a commonly used medical scan which gives 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 a number of different medical conditions including cancer and trauma or sporting injuries.

The Government has already announced 10 locations to receive Medicare subsidised MRIs from 1 November 2018, subject to the sites meeting the required approvals and administrative requirements.

With a total of 30 sites to receive Medicare subsidised MRIs, these additional facilities will provide more than 400,000 Australians access to lifesaving scans, with a total $175 million investment from the Morrison Government.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Liberal National Government is helping Australians stay healthy and keeping the cost of healthcare down 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.”

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.

To apply visit: http://www.health.gov.au/diagnosticimaging

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