MRI cut slammed

The Advocate (Perth) - - PERTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL -

SWAN Hills MLA Jes­sica Shaw has slammed the Turn­bull Govern­ment for re­stric­tions to MRI ser­vices, which will mean fur­ther cut­backs for peo­ple over 50.

The Federal Govern­ment an­nounced changes in the 2018-19 bud­get that MRI knee scans would no longer be avail­able on re­fer­ral from a GP for peo­ple over the age of 50.

Ms Shaw said this an­nounce­ment meant peo­ple need­ing scans would now have to pay $600 out-of-pocket or wait for a spe­cial­ist re­fer­ral. She said peak med­i­cal groups had con­demned the de­ci­sion.

Ms Shaw has cam­paigned for more than a year for equal ac­cess to MRI ser­vices at St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic Hospi­tal, with the north­east met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion cur­rently the only part of Perth with­out full Medi­care ac­cess.

She said the new cut­backs were not good enough.

“We need to take up the fight for full ac­cess to MRI ser­vices at SJOG Mid­land Pub­lic Hospi­tal; we de­serve the same ac­cess as the rest of Perth. These new cut­backs just add in­sult to in­jury,” she said.

“Why does Mr Turn­bull think it’s okay for over-50s to wait in pain for ser­vices that other age groups can re­ceive for free? Why is it okay that peo­ple who live else­where in Perth have full ac­cess un­der Medi­care, and we don’t? “It’s not fair. “We de­serve bet­ter.”

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