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The Commonwealth Government has injected almost $200 million into providing greater rebates for diagnostic imaging. This includes ultrasounds and x-rays, CT scans, fluoroscopy, mammography, and interventional radiology scans.

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President, Dr Tony Bartone, welcomed the long overdue announcement by the Government. The industry has been calling for these changes for many years.

What does this mean for patients?

Out-of-pocket medical expenses for patients who need life-saving scans, including ultrasounds and x-rays will now be reduced starting from July 2020. This change is an important step in addressing the rising costs patients are forced to cover.

Investment in high-quality diagnostic imaging services also makes good economic sense, by ultimately saving taxpayers from much higher downstream costs in the acute care sector.

KEY INSIGHT: with more than 9 million Aussies relying on diagnostic imaging services each year, these services play a critical role in a world-class, 21st century health system. With it, many modern medical treatments would not be possible.


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