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Medicare indexation of ultrasound services increase from 1 July 2020

The Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA) welcomes the end of the Medicare freeze on a multitude of diagnostic imaging services, benefiting the millions of Australians who access these vital services every year. From 1 July 2020 indexation will begin and will be expanded to all ultrasound and diagnostic radiology services over the following three years.

For the first time in two decades measures are being put in place to reduce the out of pocket expenses of patients, and the ASA acknowledges the support of the Australian Health Minister, Greg Hunt in pursuing this change.

Indexation will benefit many patients such as:

• Women needing ultrasound for diagnosis of breast cancer

• Women needing pelvic ultrasound for diagnosis of ovarian cancer

• Australians needing carotid ultrasound to assess the risk of stroke

• Australians needing stress echo to diagnose heart disease.

The Medicare Indexation of Diagnostic Imaging Services Factsheet and the Diagnostic Imaging Service Table Regulations are now available.

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