Its not uncommon that a person injured in the workplace will need to obtain x-ray, CT, or MRI scans.
Now under changes to the Workers Compensation Scheme, the coverage of these services will be significantly lowered, and patients may be stuck with out-of-pocket fees.
The Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association, the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists have spoken out in criticism of the changes, and signalled their dismay that the changes were made without their proper consultation. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Until the changes, injured workers would often receive priority treatment, as WorkCover would provide rates exceeding that of private services. This system allowed injured workers to be treated as soon as possible and, ideally, return to the workforce.
Greens MP David Shoebridge conceded that the WorkCover scheme should be attempting where possible to ensure that services are procured at a reasonable rate; however, he stopped well short of justifying the proposed cuts.
“What would be intolerable would be injured workers being out of pocket for the cost of medical reports and investigations following a workplace injury,” he said, speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald.
Workplace injury claims can be complex and incredibly stressful.
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