Patients throughout the ACT will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions, with the Liberal-National Government announcing a new MRI licence for Canberra Imaging Group at Calvary Bruce Private Hospital.

This MRI licence means Canberrans will be able to access a Medicare rebate for an estimated 3,712 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.

Senator Seselja said the delivery of this full licence for Calvary built on the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to health in the ACT.

“In last year’s Budget we delivered a record $2.6 billion for health in the ACT, more than double the commitment in Labor’s last Budget,” Senator Seselja said.

“While I welcome the commitment the Liberal-National Government has shown to our health services, the ACT Government needs to be doing more to ensure the funding they receive from the Commonwealth is spent efficiently and effectively.  ACT residents need to be getting better outcomes, not more of the same.”

“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 for Health, Greg Hunt, said the Liberal-National Government’s 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.

Patients will receive the Medicare-covered MRI services from April.