VHI approves cover for MRI scan at Tralee hospital.

The VHI has approved insurance cover for an MRI scanner at the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee. VHI customers in the county are now fully covered for these scans during a hospital stay. Under the new agreement VHI Healthcare will pay the MRI centre in Tralee 378 euro per scan to cover the costs involved. Nationwide, the VHI has approved over 21 MRI scanning machines and has brought the number of scans up by over 30 per cent. Since 1995 MRI scans have increased from 2,300 in 1995 to 18,500 in 2003. MRI scans are highly advanced to provide clear and precise images to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.