Costs and reimbursements of MRI scans
Most private and public hospitals and private radiology practices now have MRI machines. The costs depend on whether you are a private or public patient.
- If you have your MRI in a public hospital as a public patient you should not be charged, but it may depend on your State or Territory, and the part of the body being scanned.
- If you are admitted to a public hospital as a private patient you will have to claim the costs of the MRI through Medicare and your private health insurance provider.
- If you have your MRI in a private hospital or a private radiology practice there may be out-of-pocket expenses.
Previously, to be eligible for a Medicare rebate for a range of MRI scans, a patient had to be referred by a specialist (sports medicine physicians are not considered specialists according to Medicare). From November 2012, children under the age of 16 can get a direct GP referral for some MRI scans that are eligible for a Medicare rebate.
Find out more
- When is MRI useful?
- Imaging and children
- Types of imaging
- Advantages and disadvantages of different types of imaging
- When is MRI less useful?
- When MRI is effective in diagnosing a sporting injury
- Type the definition