Direct GP Referral: Bulk Billing MRI for Adults – NOW AVAILABLE

As of today, 1st November 2013, Norwest Medical Imaging will be BULK BILLING – GP referred MRI scans for adults (aged 16 and over)  for the following specific conditions:

  • The head – unexplained seizure(s) or unexplained chronic headache with              suspected intracranial pathology;
  • The cervical spine  – suspected cervical radiculopathy or suspected cervical spine trauma;
  • The knee – following acute knee trauma where there is an inability to extend the knee suggesting an acute meniscal tear or clinical findings suggesting acute anterior cruciate ligament tear.

These new Medicare rebates are a result of today’s government announcement, further improving patients access to care and allowing GPs to treat patients using the best technology available.

Improving access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Services – NEW GP MRI ITEM NUMBERS

The Australian Government has initiated the Diagnostic Imaging Reform Package to help ensure ongoing, affordable and convenient diagnostic imaging services for patients, with a key focus on the staged expansion of patient access to Medicare-eligible MRI services.

The Package includes increased access to MRI services for primary care patients by extending requesting rights to GPs for all patients under 16 years for a small set of clinically appropriate indications from 1 November 2012. Continue reading