MRI… Still hoping

April 13th, 2012

An update on this issue…

At the very last Council meeting for the FCRC Cr Sue Brooks advised of the recent letter she had received from Mr Warren Truss regarding the possibility of an MRI being located here on the Fraser Coast. The Honourable Mr Truss advises that we need to communicate with the Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek. It seems that the Federal Government will be granting Medicare eligibility to 12 MRI units between 2012 and 2015.

Cr Brooks believes it is essential that the Fraser Coast is at the very top of Ms Plibersek’s list to receive one of these permits. “In this day and age it is absolutely unacceptable that our residents, many of whom are elderly, frail or have life threatening health issues, are required to travel to Bundaberg or the Sunshine Coast to access an MRI. Trying to get an urgent booking for an MRI scan is not easy either and it must be very frustrating for our doctors to not have easier access to this essential and lifesaving technology.

One local Doctor already has a facility and is ready to purchase an MRI machine, all he needs is the Medicare eligibility.

Mayor Mick was pleased to receive this news and promised that he would write to Ms Plibersek immediately.

“I  hope that we don’t have to wait till 2015 or even longer to receive the good news that the Fraser Coast will have its very own MRI. It is time that the Fraser Coast received the health services that it deserves. But our community can help. A petition and media campaigning will help to put us on the map and ensure that our needs are highlighted.” Cr Brooks is urging residents to also write to the Minister. “People power is a strong and worthwhile tool. Tell the Minister that we require this medical equipment sooner rather than later”.

 

2 Responses to “MRI… Still hoping”

  1. Colin Burton 13 Apr 2012 at 11:25 am

    What better location for an MRI machine than the new St Stephens Private Hospital ? Handy to the Hervey Bay Public hospital too . This will become the locus for all the specialists servicing the Bay, whether resident or visiting.

  2. John A Neveon 14 Apr 2012 at 9:16 am

    Colin,

    Just why would an Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI), be better in a private hospital than a public one? Oh, that’s right so some one could make a dollar.

    If this region is to get such a machine is should be located in Maryborough as the most central location to our region.

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