Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 - The Hon Kate Ellis MP Minister for Employment Participation Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care
The Gillard Government announced five more MRI units in Adelaide have been granted Medicare eligibility making it more accessible for some Adelaide patients.

The units at Radiology SA Memorial Hospital, Benson Radiology North Adelaide, Dr Jones and Partners – St Andrews Hospital, Adelaide Diagnostic Imaging and the Royal Adelaide Hospital Radiology Department have all been granted the new licences Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis said today.

“This is another example of how our Government is making health care more accessible for South Australians,” Ms Ellis said

“These new licence will make it easier for people in Adelaide to get accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment.”

Medicare rebates at all the locations will be available from 1 November 2012 for scans for rectal and cervical cancer, screening for breast cancer for women under 50 years of age, and six types of scans on children under 16 years of age.

The Gillard Government is also committed to making scans cheaper for patients through bulk billing. Since May 2012, the bulk-billing incentive for MRI scans has been 100 per cent of the scheduled fee.

The five units in Adelaide are a group of 161 practices across Australia to be granted partial eligibility.

Together with 30 new locations in regional areas announced in June, it will increase the total number of Medicare-eligible MRI units from 125 in 2011 to 316 from 1 November this year.

The expansion of Medicare-eligible MRI units was part of the Australian Government’s $104.4 million diagnostic imaging reform package announced in May 2011.

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