Funding concerns over diagnostic imaging

MORE than 20,000 radiology patients have presented personal messages to the Federal Health Minister demanding better funding for diagnostic imaging services.

Current funding levels meant  gap payments were creating a barrier for many patients, they argued.

The messages were handed to Health Minister Nicola Roxon, as part of a joint initiative by cancer patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia and the peak body for specialist radiology providers, the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association (ADIA).

Both groups have signed a communiqué to the Government demanding to have the Medicare patient rebate for radiology services indexed for the first time in 12 years.

The call has received the backing of doctors, with AMA Council of General Practice chair Dr Brian Morton also calling for Medicare to be better funded to meet high-quality service demand.

“If they don’t fund it properly it can only be a system