The $470 million New Maitland Hospital which is due to open in early 2022 includes a state-of-the-art 3T Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine that does not have a Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) licence to use it.
If the Federal Government doesn’t open a funding round, and approve the New Maitland Hospital for a licence, Maitland’s brand new MRI machine will only be accessible to inpatients and emergency cases via the Emergency Department.
The people of Maitland and surrounding regional areas, need access to publicly funded MRI scanning. People facing cancer, heart or lung damage, spinal injuries, stroke and a host of other serious urgent and chronic health conditions, can’t afford up to $1,500 so their doctors can easily diagnose and treat these conditions just because the Liberals and Nationals won’t grant our MRI a licence.
We call on the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP to immediately open Invitations for an MBS licence for the New Maitland Hospital MRI’s machine, so that everyone across the region can access and afford this life saving imaging.