Medicare to fund MRIs for pregnant women

Women with suspected fetal abnormalities will be eligible for a subsidised scan

Women with potential pregnancy abnormalities will soon be able to access a rebate for MRI scans, after the government agreed to create a new Medicare item worth $1200.

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From next year, women of at least 18 weeks' gestation in whom a diagnosis of fetal central nervous system abnormality is suspected, but unable to be diagnosed with ultrasound, will be able to access Medicare funding for the test.

The listing was confirmed in Monday’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) mini-budget and comes after a successful