Patients will have free access to vital scanning services as a result of a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) licence at the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, thanks to the Nationals in Government.

The MRI licence means locals will be able to access a Medicare rebate for an estimated 3354 services per year, which will save lives and reduce costs for patients.

Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the announcement meant locals who had serious medical conditions, such as cancer, stroke or heart defects, would no longer have to pay hundreds of dollars for the service.

“This is fantastic news for the city and the wider Wagga Wagga region,” Mr McCormack said. “This important investment from the Nationals in Government means more patients will have greater access to eligible bulk-billed MRI scans. We are making healthcare more affordable in the Riverina, which can only be done through our proven record of strong economic management.”

“The last thing a family should be worrying about is whether a trip to the doctor will require an expensive MRI they cannot afford.”

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

Patients will receive the Medicare-covered MRI services from March.