One of the key initiatives of the Diagnostic Imaging Reform Package is to expand patient access to MRI services across Australia.
This includes increased access to MRI services for primary care patients 16 years and over by extending requesting rights to GPs for a small set of clinically appropriate indications.
From 1 November 2013, GPs have been able to request four new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Medicare services for patients 16 years of age and over.
New GP Referred MRI Items for Adults for Specified Conditions:
- Scan of head for unexplained seizures and unexplained chronic headache with suspected intracranial pathology
- Scan of spine for cervical radiculopathy
- Scan of spine for cervical spine trauma
- Scan of knee following acute trauma for patients with inability to extend the knee suggesting the possibility of acute meniscal tear or clinical finding suggesting acute anterior cruciate ligament tear.
At Melbourne Radiology Clinic, the following adult (16 years and over) MRI services referred by a GP are bulk billed as per the below schedule:
NOTE: A Medicare rebate for these Adult MRI scans is ONLY CLAIMABLE if one of the clinical indications shown as above is specified in the ‘Clinical Details’ section of the radiology request referral form.
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