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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Moruya to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence

Patients in Moruya and throughout the Eurobodalla will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions, with the Liberal National Government announcing a new MRI licence for South East Radiology.

This MRI licence means locals will be able to access a Medicare rebate for an estimated 3,354 services a year – saving lives and reducing the costs for patients. Patients will receive the Medicare-covered MRI services from March.

VIDEO: Ann Sudmalis announces MRI for Moruya Feb 26 2019

In making the announcement Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said "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 to diagnose and monitor a number of different medical conditions including cancer and trauma." "This is part of a $375 million investment for 50 new locations around the country by the Government to deliver improved access and outcomes for patients. “This investment by the Liberal National Government means people in Moruya and surrounding areas won’t have to worry about whether a trip to the doctor will require an expensive MRI they can’t afford.” “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.” Mrs Sudmalis said. “As a mother, I know the pain of having a sick child. This new MRI licence will minimise the need for sick children to take long trips to another service.” Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Liberal National Government is 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. “Unlike Labor we have also committed to reduce the cost for patients by indexing targeted diagnostic imaging services including mammography, fluoroscopy, CT scans and interventional procedures.” “The Government is committed to delivering improved health services which includes increased hospital funding with an extra $8 billion for hospitals taking it to $29.5 billion over five years,” Minister Hunt said.

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