Together with Epworth Geelong, please join my campaign for a MRI Medicare Licence for Geelong’s newest hospital.

In contrast to Labor which sat on its hands, the Morrison Government is investing $175 million for 30 new MRI licences across the country and we need to make sure that Epworth’s application for one of these remaining 20 licences is successful.

Corangamite residents deserve an affordable and accessible MRI at Epworth.

SO WHY SIGN THIS PETITION?

  • With a Medicare-subsidised MRI unit, patients will have access to bulk billed MRI for all eligible scans, saving local patients a minimum of $275 per scan (regardless of whether they have health insurance).
  • Without a Medicare-eligible MRI unit, Corangamite residents will continue to pay full fees for MRI or unnecessarily travel elsewhere for rebatable scans.
  • Medicare-eligible MRI at Epworth Geelong would reduce wait times for existing services in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions. 
  • With only two fully Medicare-eligible MRI units, the Greater Geelong region is at a disadvantage when compared to smaller populations including Bendigo, with three fully eligible units, and Ballarat and Warrnambool, each with two.
  • The state-of-the-art MRI scanner at Epworth Geelong is the most intuitive in the state and has raised the bar in musculoskeletal, neurological, body, oncological and cardiac imaging. Without access to Medicare-eligible services, thousands of patients are denied these benefits. 
  • Epworth Geelong is the only regional hospital that provides neurosurgical services to its residents. MRI is an essential diagnostic tool in the provision of neurosurgical services.    

PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION BY FILLING OUT YOUR DETAILS AND CLICKING SEND.  Your voice matters.

Best wishes, Sarah Henderson MP

 

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