Are these MRI scans "MRI scams"? Bernardi

September 26, 2018

The federal government is putting $175 million towards 30 new MRI licences across the country - something Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says is part of a funding "arms race" on both sides of politics trying to buy votes.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the funding boost at Mount Druitt Hospital in Sydney at the weekend, saying it would result in better diagnosis and treatment.

But the Daily Telegraph reports, the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association called the funding "political window dressing" that did nothing to make the scans more affordable for Australians, who still face out-of-pocket costs averaging $100 for radiology services.

Instead the Association has called for an increase in Medicare rebates to help patients access medical scans.

In the past, Labor has been accused of using MRI promises to pork-barrel marginal seats.

Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News increasing the number of available MRI machines is not what this is about at all.

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