Saskatchewan medical patients can now choose to pay directly to a private facility for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans in the province.
The MRI Facilities Licensing Act, the corresponding MRI Facilities Licensing Regulations and The Medical Care Insurance Beneficiary and Administration Regulations were brought into force on Monday, February 29th, 2016.
A physician referral is still required to obtain an MRI, to ensure all MRIs conducted in Saskatchewan are medically necessary and once the referral is obtained, it can be taken to the facility to book an appointment.
Once a privately-paid-for MRI is done, the facility is then able to do a second scan of a similar complexity within 14 days for a patient on the public wait list. In November of last, it was estimated that 6,649 patients were on the public waiting list.
“Our government is committed to providing patients with more choice over their care decisions. Saskatchewan people who choose to pay for an MRI can now access that service right here in their own province, while also providing additional capacity within the public system,” says Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Health Minister.
Government is also continuing to invest in public MRI capacity in Saskatchewan. Since 2007-08, capacity for public MRI services has increased by about 115 per cent.