Fraser Health announced it will purchase two private MRI clinics in the Fraser Valley to provide necessary medical exams and cut down wait times for patients in the region.
Beginning October 1, 2018, Fraser Health will be taking ownership of Surrey MRI in Surrey and Fraser Valley MRI Clinic in Abbotsford.
The staff at the clinics will become health authority employees and Fraser Health will take over assets and infrastructure.
“People have been waiting too long for publicly funded diagnostic services,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, in a statement.
“That’s why we are adding these clinics to the public health-care system, so we can to cut waitlists and deliver services for people closer to home.”
Each clinic will provide approximately 5,000 additional MRI scans per year. To support the influx, additional staff will be hired and operating hours will be expanded to include evenings and weekends.
“A year ago, there was just one public MRI operating 24/7, and this year there are eight. Overall, we have added 800 MRI operating hours throughout the province, helping more patients get on the path to recovery faster,” said Dix.
The province says both clinics will start providing publically funded exams within a month.