Saskatchewan auditor Judy Ferguson released the first volume of her 2017 report last week and one of the major points mentioned in the report was MRI scans.
Wait times for MRIs actually went up slightly from March 2016 to the end of December according to Ferguson.
Mark Wyatt is the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. He says the introduction of the private-pay MRI has added an additional roughly 25-hundred scans done in the Regina Qu’appelle Health Region.
He says Judy Ferguson suggested one solution — track “key data.”
A law in Saskatchewan now allows for-profit clinics to charge people for MRI scans providing those clinics also give a scan to someone on the public waiting list.
Ferguson says it is taking up resources of the RQHR to manage MRIs, because private sector scan information is often entered manually.