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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