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Subject: RE: Brits- Can you tell us if your free healthcare would cover an MRI?
An MRI would be covered by our health care provided it was recommended by your doctor/specialist. The NHS is there to provide free health care for those that need it. In the case of an athlete, it isn't societies issue if you have a stress fracture and cant run because running isnt in the best interest of the majority. So if you went to a doctor and said I think I have a stress fracture, he/she would tell you to rest up for 6 weeks because that's what the general public would be told.
If you are a funded athlete you would get an MRI instantly as it would be covered by UKA insurance. Or if you had private insurance you can get an MRI quickly if needed.
So to summarise, YES you can get an MRI for free in this country, if it is deemed appropriate, although you may have to wait a while, all depending on where you are and how big the waiting list is. With free health care all treatment is given out on a priority basis. If you go in moaning you can't run and someone goes in with a suspected tumor then the other person is getting an MRI immediately and you will either have to wait or told to rest it and not run (which is what you would have to do anyway if an MRI showed up a stress fracture).
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