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Applications are still open for Medicare eligible MRI licences

Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said a competitive public application process has been opened to determine the location for 20 Medicare eligible MRI licences.

“There is no MRI machine north of Geraldton so I encourage the State Labor Government to apply for MRI licences for the North West, where there is an urgent need,” said Minister Price.

“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.

“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 Price said.

“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 Federal 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,” said the Minister.

“By contrast, Labor has only committed $80 million and not made any commitment to the re-indexation of diagnostic imaging rebates."

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.

Applications close at 5pm EST on Friday 2 November, 2018.

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

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