Wow! In the land of Tommy Douglas, which gave birth to Canadian medicare, they realize that to give the folks the option of buying the care they need when the government can't afford is a no brainer. I practiced in NDP Saskatchewan for almost thirty years and thought I'd never see the day. Amazingly, the Saskatchewan Medical Association is opposed to what they label a two tiered system. Now the whole country is recognizing that if the folks can't buy it here in their own province or in Canada at all, they'll buy it somewhere else, thus making it even more exclusive. That is, the whole country except our chosen political servants, who have appointed themselves our political masters. In every province in Canada there are private facilities, obviously more available in the densely populated parts of the country.
Waiting time for medically necessary treatment in Canada is not improving. A specialist survey reported a median waiting time of 18.3 weeks to treatment, from the date of referral by the GP. This is almost double the time it took in 1993. For less urgent problems or procedures, it is not unusual for the delay to be a year or greater. Many of these waits subject patients to pain and suffering and sometimes outcome risks.
So, you may ask, how much is an MRI going to cost me? Here are the rates from one private MRI Clinic.
All scans include radiologist’s report and a CD Rom copy of the images.
|Brain for MS||$895|
|Brain for Seizure||$895|
|Facial Bones (no brain included)||$895|
|Temporomandibular Joints (no brain included)||$895|
|Brain & Facial Bones||$1,120|
|Brain & Orbits||$1,120|
|Brain & Sinuses||$1,120|
|Brain & Pituitary||$1,120|
|Brain & Circle of Willis MRA||$1,120|
|Brain & Internal Auditory Canals||$1,120|
|Brain & Trigeminal Nerves||$1,120|
|Brain for Tumor (contrast included)||$1,195|
|Brain Trauma with Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) (for mild traumatic brain injury)||$1,245|
|Brain Stroke (includes SWI)||$1,245|
|Carotid MRA (contrast included)||$1,470|
|MS Brain & Cervical Spine Combination||$1,500|
|Brain & MRA Circle of Willis, Contrast Enhanced Carotid||$2,270|
|Brain & Spinal Cord for MS Combination (cervical & thoracic)||$2,395|
|Chest (mediastinum, chest wall)||$895|
|Soft Tissue Neck||$895|
|Sternum, SC Joints||$895 each|
|MRA (renal or aorta)||$1,200|
|Dynamic Liver(contrast included)||$1,395|
|Whole Body Health Screening Program (see video)
(2000+ detailed images including specific screening for brain, aortic & abdominal aneurysms, compression fractures of the spine, gyneacological cancers, liver lesions and pancreatic, kidney, biliary disease/malignancy)
|All Extremities (ie. knee, wrist, ankle, etc.)||$895 each|
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