Upgrade or lose Medicare rebates: Exemption ends for outdated diagnostic equipment

The Federal Government reform affects equipment including X-rays, CT scanners, MRIs and ultrasounds

More than 160 practices will lose access to Medicare for diagnostic imaging unless they begin upgrading their equipment, with the Federal Government closing a loophole that allows rural services to use older machines. 

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A report by the MBS Review Taskforce warned back in 2018 warned that patients could be experiencing excessive doses of radiation and inaccurate results from receiving scans on machines which in some cases dated back to the last century.

Historically, Medicare offered different rebates based on the

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