Wagga Wagga Base Hospital patients will now have free access to vital scanning services as a result of a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) licence.
The licence will allow locals to access a Medicare rebate for an estimated 3,354 services every year, which Nationals' Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says will significantly reduce costs for locals with serious medical conditions, such as cancer, stroke or heart defects.
“This important investment from the Liberal and Nationals’ Government means more patients will have greater access to eligible bulk-billed MRI scans. The last thing a family should be worrying about is whether a trip to the doctor will require an expensive MRI they cannot afford. We are making healthcare more affordable in the Riverina, which can only be done through our proven record of strong economic management.” - Michael McCormack
Patients will receive the Medicare-covered MRI services from March.