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Question Without Notice No. 476 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 June 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 14 June 2018

KALGOORLIE HEALTH CAMPUS — MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING MACHINE

476. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

The minister has, no doubt, noticed a promise by the federal Leader of the Opposition that a federal Labor government would issue a licence to Kalgoorlie Health Campus for an MRI machine.

(1) Can the minister confirm that an MRI licence will not be issued by the federal government until the MRI machine is installed and operational?

(2) When will the government commit funding for the MRI, and what will be the installation date?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Currently, no formal application process is open for providers to apply for, or obtain, Medicare magnetic resonance imaging eligibility—that is, a licence. This situation is being monitored closely; however, any potential applications for commonwealth government Medicare eligibility may not be able to be pursued until the MRI machine is procured and installed.

(2) The concept brief by the WA Country Health Service was finalised in December 2017. WACHS is currently finalising the feasibility study that scopes out the MRI service in more detail. This includes options analysis, demand modelling, and capital and recurrent cost requirements. The feasibility study will then inform the business case to be developed for consideration in the 2019–20 budget process.