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Mitchell to receive Medicare-eligible MRI licence in Rouse Hill

Patients in Mitchell and throughout the North West Sydney 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 Rouse Hill Medical Imaging located in Panmure Street, Rouse Hill.

This MRI licence means locals will be able to access a Medicare rebate for an estimated 5,900 services a year – saving lives and reducing the costs for patients.

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.

“Rouse Hill Medical Imaging has been serving the Rouse Hill and surrounding communities for over 9 years and we are very proud to announce that the Federal Government has awarded us Full Medicare Eligibility for our MRI service. This means that our patients now have access to Bulk Billed MRI services for both Specialist and GP referrals in Rouse Hill, avoiding the long waiting times for services previously only available at Blacktown or Westmead.

Our Rouse Hill practice offers a state of the art 3T MRI and is supported by a team of highly trained radiologists and technical staff. We are committed to providing the highest level of quality in radiology and are excited to offer our extended services to patients in the Hills and Windsor regions. “, said Peter Bonovas, Operations Manager, Synergy Australia.

Patients will receive the Medicare-covered MRI services from April.

Alex Hawke 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,” Alex Hawke 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.”

“Our investment in MRI licences of over $375 million over the forward estimates for 50 new locations around the country delivers on the Government’s commitment to improve access and outcomes for patients.”

“We have also committed to reduce the cost for patients by indexing targeted diagnostic imaging services including mammography, fluoroscopy, CT scans and interventional procedures.”

“Under the Liberal National Government, Medicare spending is guaranteed and increasing every year from $24 billion in 2017–18 to $28.8 billion in 2021–22 to support health care for every Australian.”

“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,” Alex Hawke said.

The Liberal National Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.