Patients in Upper Coomera will soon be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions, with the Liberal National Government announcing a new MRI licence Qscan Radiology Clinics.
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.
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen said “Upper Coomera is one of the fastest growing regions in my electorate and across Australia. As a burgeoning community, it’s critical that Upper Coomera have local access to MRI services.”
“I understand the importance of these facilities for families facing the travel and stress of a dealing with serious medical conditions.
It’s important that people in Upper Coomera have access to these lifesaving, Medicare-supported scans.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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,” Minister Hunt 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.