Operators seek to diffuse row over MRI in Luxembourg

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Operators of a MRI scanner installed recently at Medical Centre Potaschberg in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, have said there is nothing illegal about the equipment's use in a private practice.

In a news release, the operators responded to an order issued by Minister of Health Paulette Lenert seeking to prohibit the use of MRI scanners in private practices. Lenert argued that under the country's 2018 Hospitals Act, only hospitals can install such equipment.

Medical Centre Potaschberg operators explained that the medical center does not fall under the act and further emphasized that there is nothing illegal about the MRI scanner. In early April, Lenert issued an order prohibiting the installation of the MRI scanner.

The statement also criticized the National Health Fund for not reimbursing patients for scans acquired with the system, a decision based on the same flawed argument, the statement noted.

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