Private MRIs now available in Saskatchewan

Timely access to quality care got a big boost in mid-November when the Saskatchewan government passed legislation that allows people to pay privately for MRIs. Patients will still need to be referred by a physician.

Private clinics will have to provide a second scan to a patient on the public wait list at no charge every time a scan is provided to someone who chooses to pay for an MRI. According to Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan, this will provide additional MRI capacity at no cost to taxpayers.

Predictably, the NDP and unions are unhappy. Opposition NDP Leader Cam Broten said the change doesn’t help health care overall and could lead to queue jumping, while the unions brandished two-tiered medicine.

Alberta MRI clinics, outside hospitals, have offered private access for a number of years.

Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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