Patients in Dubbo and Western New South Wales will now be able to access lifesaving scans at their fingertips for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions, with the Coalition Government’s announcement of a new MRI licence for the Dubbo Hospital.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton shared the exciting news at the hospital today.
“I’m thrilled to announce an MRI licence for Dubbo Hospital. Once up and running the MRI will deliver an estimated 3,354 Medicare subsidised services to locals annually as a result of this licence – saving lives and reducing healthcare costs,” Mr Coulton said.
“People in Western New South Wales deserve the very best healthcare services possible. This MRI licence will enable patients at Dubbo Hospital to access rebates for in-house scans, rather than needing to travel elsewhere for the service.
“This news adds another exciting dimension to Dubbo’s healthcare offering, with the $35-million-dollar Western Cancer Centre underway.”
The Western Cancer Centre planning and design phase was completed in late 2018, with the tender process for construction scheduled for mid-2019. The Western Cancer Centre will bring world class healthcare to cancer patients in Western NSW; the result of a $25 million Federal Government investment, and $10 million from the NSW Government.
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.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the Liberal National Government is helping Australians stay healthy and keeping down the cost of healthcare for families.
“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 Hunt said.
“Not only will our new Medicare support ensure patients get better treatment and save money, it will also cut down the amount of time patients travel to get a scan.
“Our 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.”
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.