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"Lack of access to publicly funded MRI services in the ACT"

About: Canberra Hospital / Emergency Department

(as a volunteer/advocate),

A client of mine presented at the Canberra Hospital emergency department with severe back pain requiring what I was told were large doses of oral opiates. This patient was advised he would need to have an MRI prior to seeing a neurosurgeon at the hospital. The patient was discharged from the emergency department without an MRI appoinment. He was told that the MRI waiting times were too long and he should pay for an MRI privately.

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