Tuesday, 19th March 2019
$200 million to reduce out of pocket costs for scans
The Liberal National Government will help reduce the out of pocket medical expenses for Australian families needing life-saving scans like ultrasounds and X-rays with an almost $200 million investment
North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said for the first time in 20 years the indexation of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items will be expanded to all ultrasound and diagnostic radiology services over three years from July 1 2020.
“This is an excellent outcome for health services and means that Medicare rebates for about 90 per cent of all diagnostic imaging services will now be indexed,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Labor talk about delivering but we actually are delivering for the more than 9 million Australian patients using these imaging services each year.”
Senator Macdonald said that north Queensland and regional communities have been doing it tough and this announcement will reduce the burden on Australian families who require diagnostic imaging scans.
“The Morrison Government has managed the budget well and because of that we are able to properly fund health care initiatives. These are not pie in the sky promises but properly funded, costed and planned services that will help our communities,” Senator Macdonald said.