Coalition Government delivers MRI licence for Mount Barker

23 Sep 2018

More than 2500 patients every year are expected to benefit from the Morrison Government’s delivery of a Medicare-subsidised magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) licence at Mount Barker.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer, who led a petition for the Medicare-subsidised MRI licence, said she was committed to improving local medical and health services in the electorate while keeping them affordable.

“Health and medical care is a primary issue for many people across Mayo,” Ms Downer said. “Every community in our electorate has its own unique health needs. Medicare-subsidised MRI services have been a key priority in Mount Barker and I’m very pleased to have worked with the local community to help achieve it.

“I’m keen to ensure the health needs of every community in Mayo are looked after, with a priority on accessibility and affordability.”

Mount Barker’s licence was among 10 locations to receive Medicare-subsidised MRI licences from November this year according to Minister for Health Greg Hunt, who said the Morrison Government was helping Australians stay healthy and keeping down healthcare costs.

“We’re committed to providing high quality health services when and where they are needed,” 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.

“The total of 30 sites to receive Medicare-subsidised MRIs will provide more than 400,000 Australians access to lifesaving scans with a total $175 million investment from the Morrison Government.”

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the Morrison Government was delivering record health funding nationally and in South Australia.

“Commonwealth health funding will reach a record $78.8 billion in 2018-19,” Senator Ruston said. “Funding for Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is absolutely guaranteed.

“Our own State is benefitting from this record investment. For example, Commonwealth public hospital funding for South Australia has increased $340 million over the past five years and is expected to reach $1.4 billion.

“We’re also making rural and regional health a major priority. This includes measures which make a real and immediate difference in country communities, such as the Mount Barker MRI licence. It makes an increasingly essential service easier and less expensive to access, which is a great outcome.”