MRI scan-dal

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

LO­CAL MP Jes­sica Shaw is con­cerned that a lack of fully licensed MRI ser­vices at St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal is af­fect­ing peo­ple liv­ing in El­len­brook and the Hills.

The Swan Hills mem­ber said un­like other ar­eas in Perth, pa­tients us­ing the hos­pi­tal could not ac­cess the full range of MRI ser­vices under Medi­care af­ter sig­nif­i­cant cuts to its fund­ing by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

Ms Shaw called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to act ur­gently on the is­sue.

“It’s com­pletely un­ac­cept­able that peo­ple in El­len­brook and the Hills do not have full Medi­care ac­cess to MRI ser­vices at the lo­cal SJOG Mid­land Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal,” she said

“My con­stituents have to pay up to $1000 per scan for some ser­vices.

“If they are able to travel to Royal Perth, Fremantle, Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal or the Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus, those same scans would be cov­ered by Medi­care. A lot of peo­ple in this area are do­ing it tough; many sim­ply can’t af­ford to pay for these ser­vices.”

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said ac­cess to af­ford­able and qual­ity health care was in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.

“We (the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment) are in­vest­ing an ex­tra $2 bil­lion into di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing over the next decade,” he said. “Im­por­tantly, a re­view will be un­der­taken into the pro­vi­sion of MRI li­cences across the coun­try.”

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