12 April 2018

by Sue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter, News Corp Australia Network

Tens of thousands of men will be able to get a Medicare funded MRI to check if they have prostate cancer in a $15-20 million measure expected in the federal budget.

A new $400 Medicare rebate will be made available for scans to diagnose and monitor prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men, News Corp understands.

The rebate will be a financial boon to thousands of men currently paying the full $600 cost of the scans themselves and could help those who can’t afford the test avoid a biopsy.

Around 20,000 men are expected to benefit from the rebate every year.

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia fully supports the Medicare reimbursement for prostate MRI scans.

Read more: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/medicare-funding-for-prostate-cancer-mri-removes-biopsy-risk/news-story/9fe6cfbc61cb784325cf24f5486ee0ba