MRI cut slammed
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.”