After years of what’s been described as “underfunding” for MRI services, the Ministry of Health is now committing up to $20-million to boos procedures by 45%.
It comes as health authorities fail to meet national standards- with some people waiting up to a year for a routine MRI.
Dr. Stewart Silver says current wait times are unacceptable.
“The people that are waiting the longest are people with conditions that are not as medically urgent. So we are talking about people with back problems or knee problems. If you are waiting that long to get information about your health, it puts your life on old.”
Scans can now be done in the evening or night-time hours.
Dr. Stewart Silver says he also wants to see funding to train more technologists.
“With the whole province ramping up MRI’s, every centre is going to need more techs, and there is only a certain number being produced each year, so we are all going to be fighting for the same pool of techs.”
Health authorities are still allowed to contract private facilities to perform more procedures.
The province wants to increase the number of scans a year by 65,000.