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DAN TEHAN MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WANNON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
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BUDGET 2022 | DELIVERS MRI LICENCE TO WESTERN DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE

March 30, 2022

As part of the Morrison Government’s plan for a stronger future, the 2022-23 Budget has delivered for Western District Health Service and the Hamilton region.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said he was delighted that the Morrison Government is making MRI scans more affordable and more accessible closer to home by investing $66 million over four years to deregulate and expand Medicare-funded MRI scans in regional, rural, and remote areas.

Mr Tehan said he had been strongly advocating for the Medicare-funded MRI licence in this budget and the securing of a licence will enable Western District Health Service to move forward with the delivery of a MRI scanner.

MRI services are critical for diagnosing soft-tissue illnesses and diseases, including cancer. This change will begin on Tuesday, 1 November this year and will benefit Modified Monash Model 2–7 areas, which includes Hamilton (MM4).

Mr Tehan said improving access to critical diagnostic imaging services for more regional and rural Australians was a significant step towards addressing the health care disparity with the cities.

“This change means rural and remote patients will benefit from reduced out-of-pocket costs for MRI scans, accessing world-class services closer to home,” Mr Tehan said.

“Improving access to MRI through this deregulation measure will reduce pressure on out-of-pocket costs for patients across the Hamilton region, and the need to travel to access these services.”

The addition of a Medicare funded MRI licence will help improve access and the level of services provided locally.

Media contact | Sandie Gustus 0408 564 232