Saskatchewan residents are now able to pay for private MRIs within the province.
Each facility providing scans will set its own price for the services.
Health Minister Dustin Duncan says providing the private service in Saskatchewan means less people traveling out of province for scans.
“We’re trying to address our wait times, but we’re also trying to provide a service that people are already doing, and already taking advantage of each and everyday.”
Facilities issuing a scan have to provide a second scan free of charge to a person on the public waiting list.
Patients using the service will not be able to apply for cost coverage or any sort of reimbursement.
There are currently two facilities offering the private scans, both are in Regina.
The Saskatchewan Medical Association’s president says the organization is against the idea, and says he informed Duncan of the group’s opposition in October.
The organization suggests private MRIs in Saskatchewan could lead to queue jumping for surgery.