MRI rebate is needed at the Sale hospital

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

I AM a hard working taxpayer and resident of Sale.

I contribute two per cent of my taxable income at the end of each financial year to the federal government for the Medicare levy and surcharge.

This tax is designed to fund our public health care system, and applies to people living in Sale, Traralgon, Bairnsdale, and all around the this great country.

Therefore, Wellington Shire residents are entitled to a fair and equitable public hospital, like everyone else.

The Wellington Shire now has access to a long overdue MRI machine at the Sale hospital, essential for maintaining high levels of care required for the medical, high dependency and critical care units of Central Gippsland Health.

However, patients still cannot claim a Medicare rebate, unlike Latrobe Regional Health and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, on MRI scans.

I recently injured my knee, requiring a MRI by referral.

The service I received from the administration and nursing staff, as well as the treating radiologist, was excellent.

This, I believe, is one of reasons CGH was named the most outstanding regional hospital in Australia by the Australian Patients Association earlier this year.

Recently, the Gippsland Times, published that the state government was spending $61.3 million at CGH in 2017-18.

Together with the $90 million revenue the hospital makes each year, surely the board members, directors, and administrators can make this money work a bit harder, to enable these rebates.

At the same time, they should be encouraging and supporting their staff, who are their greatest resource, and not put the current high level of service at risk.

The Wellington Shire has an increasingly ageing population, and many young families, reluctant to travel, who rely upon local services provided by CGH.

Gippsland Senior
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