Federal MP for Fairfax Ted O’Brien has declared his support for the Department of Health to provide a new Full Medicare licence to Buderim Private Medical Imaging (BPMI) at the Buderim Private Hospital on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr O’Brien visited BPMI on Monday to declare his support for the allocation of a full MRI licence to Buderim Private Hospital at a press conference. Mr O’Brien has acknowledged the benefits that a full MRI licence would provide to patients of the Buderim Private Hospital, through the reduction in out of pocket costs for patients undergoing MRI imaging.

Mr O’Brien has now launched an online petition for patients and local residents to advocate for a full MRI licence at the Buderim Private Hospital.

Buderim Private Hospital is an expanding health precinct located on the Sunshine Coast. It currently provides beds for over 200 inpatients and provides consulting rooms for dozens of specialists, whose patients would benefit from the provision of a full MRI licence. The Federal Government has recently announced a plan to provide new Medicare funding to 30 MRI scanners. A full MRI licence grants access to MRI rebates for a variety of the most common MRI scans. UCMI, along with UnitingCare Health, is advocating for the allocation of full MRI licence for the patients of our private hospitals in Queensland.

We would encourage our patients and friends to sign the online petition to promote cheaper access to MRI scans on the Sunshine Coast.