Ontario Funding a new MRI Machine at Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation

Published on November 12, 2021

Investment Will Help Ensure Patients and Families Have Access to High-Quality Health Care


News Release

Hamilton— The Ontario government is taking further action to end hallway health care and address wait times for diagnostic imaging by investing in a new MRI machine at Hamilton Health Sciences.

“This new MRI machine will help ensure that people in Hamilton can receive the high-quality care and diagnostic imaging they need when they need it,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “Under the previous government, new base investments to support the operations of net new MRI machines stopped in 2011 and were limited to one-time investments to support additional MRI operating hours.”

Over the last 10 years, the demand for MRI services has increased on average by approximately four per cent annually and wait times have worsened with 54 per cent of cases completed within target wait times in 2013/14 to 39 per cent of cases completed within target in 2019/2020.

This new investment brings MRI services to Hamilton making it easier for patients to receive the care they need closer to home. It is part of the government’s $30 million investment in the 2021 Budget to support MRI services for patients and add new MRI machines to hospitals across the province.

“Our government made a commitment to end hallway health care, and that includes ensuring that patients have access to high-quality MRI services,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “By providing hospitals with annual investments to support net new MRI machines, our government is helping to ensure that these vital services are available patients now and in the future.”

As part of a wider, comprehensive surgical recovery plan to provide patients with the care they need, in 2021-22 the Ontario government is investing up to $324 million in new funding to enable Ontario’s hospitals and community health sector to perform more surgeries, MRI and CT scans and procedures, including on evenings and weekends.

The 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22. This includes funding to create more than 3,100 additional hospital beds to increase capacity, as well as an increase of $778 million in operating funding to ensure all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum one per cent increase to help them keep pace with patient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.

QUICK FACTS

  • The government is investing more than $22 billion in capital grants over the next 10 years for health infrastructure projects across Ontario that will lead to $30 billion in health infrastructure.

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