Dec 12, 2022

By Christine Ross

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The province is spending more than $20 million to run 27 new MRI machines mostly in small and rural hospitals.

The government says the money is not for buying MRI’s machines at that will be left to the individual hospitals.

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital president Michael Lacroix says the change will alleviate pressures on other hospitals who have the machines and will reduce wait times for scans.

Ontario Health data shows that only 36 per cent of patients have MRI scans within the target time which varies depending on priority. Patients who should be receiving a scan within 28 days have an average wait time of 77 days.

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