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WORLD CANCER DAY MARKED WITH $375 MILLION

The Federal Government has announced that it will expand its MRI program, providing 50 new MRI licences to give patients across Australia access to life-saving scans.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said: “As we mark World Cancer Day, this investment will allow patients to access Medicare-subsidised lifesaving scans for cancer as well as stroke, heart and other medical conditions.”

  • Tell me more: an MRI is a commonly used medical scan that gives a detailed view of the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, ligaments, brain tissue, discs and blood vessels.

In September last year the Federal Government announced that first ten locations to receive this Medicare support and opened a competitive public application process to determine the location of a further 10 Medicare eligible MRIs.

  • How successful was the application process? The Government received an overwhelming 490 applications. As a result of the demand Minister Hunt announced the Government will invest a further $150 million into the MRI program, taking the total investment to $375 million, over the forward estimates.

KEY INSIGHT: In late 2017, the Government launched the Australian Brain Cancer Mission – a $105 million fund to fight brain cancer.

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