committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government immediately implement an
application process with clear, objective and transparent assessment criteria
to permit hospitals and radiology practices to apply for licences for Magnetic
Resonance Imaging machines.
committee recommends that the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce
review the Magnetic Resonance Imaging referral pathway and rebates, including
consideration of options to allow specialists and general practitioners to
refer patients to both fully licensed and partially licensed machines.
committee recommends that the Department of Health consider how to make
diagnostic imaging services fully accessible to people with physical
committee recommends that state and territory governments review the adequacy
of patient transport subsidies that are currently available with a specific
view to ensuring access to diagnostic imaging.
committee recommends that the Department of Health review the operations of the
multiple services rule to ensure that it is achieving its policy intent and
consider any changes required.
committee recommends that the Department of Health consider tightening capital
sensitivity measures in metropolitan centres.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government reinvest into the
Medicare Benefits Schedule, savings obtained from the removal or alteration of
diagnostic imaging items in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review.
committee recommends that the capital sensitivity exemptions and the Health
Insurance Act 1973 section 19(2) exemptions for regional, rural and remote
Australian health services should be reviewed to establish the impact on
regional, rural and remote health outcomes.
committee recommends that state and territory governments investigate how data
sharing measures between public hospitals can be improved to support
teleradiology services and that these improvements are implemented as soon as
committee recommends that the Minister for Health commission a review into the
Medical Services Advisory Committee's processes with a view to reducing the
time between submission of an application and a decision being made.
committee recommends that the number of radiologists trained each year be
increased following consultation between the Department of Health and the Royal
Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.
committee recommends that the Department of Health consider if there are
mechanisms that can be put in place to encourage private radiology practices to
committee recommends that private radiology practices train more sonographers.
committee recommends that the Department of Health work with stakeholders to
facilitate nurses and nurse practitioners expanding their clinical scope of
practice to include certain ultrasounds, where they have received proper
training and sonographers are not available to do so.
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