In the May Budget, the Federal Government confirmed that from 1 November this year, it will restrict GP referrals for MRI of the knee to patients under 50. We are asking for you to participate in an Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association-led campaign to put pressure on the Health Minister to reverse this decision.
The cut comes from a recommendation of the MBS Review, which is supposed to be an “accelerated review of MBS funded services with contemporary clinical evidence”.
There is no clinical evidence to support this decision.
Indeed, the chair of the MBS Review Taskforce is reported to have “acknowledged the recommendation was based on expert and not scientific opinion”.
However, experts don’t support the decision either.
The Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Committee, which was appointed to the MBS Review Taskforce on knee imaging (including members of AMSIG) did not endorse restricting GP referrals.
As a profession, it is very important that we make a stand against cuts to Medicare which have no clinical basis – and will hurt our patients.
That is why AMSIG members voted to support the campaign at our conference in early May. We now need to mobilise our patients.
The campaign flyer* (download PDF) explains the impact of the cut on patients, and includes space for patients to complete their details and to tell the Health Minister why having the MRI is important to them.
Please print the flyer and attach it to your pre-MRI patient questionnaire for all patients aged 50 and over who present for an MRI of the knee.
Completed flyers can be returned to:
- ADIA Knee MRI Campaign
71B Grosvenor Street
South Yarra, Victoria 3141
ADIA will then deliver the flyers in bulk to the Health Minister, with accompanying media.
PATIENT INFORMATION TEMPLATE
A template patient information page* (download Word Doc) is also included here, which could be placed on the front counter in your practices. There is space at the top to include your logo.
We look forward to your active involvement in the campaign. Whether this cut is reversed will be directly determined by the effort we all put in now.
If you have any questions on the campaign, please call the ADIA Office on (03) 9026 1518.
Dr Greg Cowderoy Dr Siavash Es’haghi
AMSIG President ADIA President