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  • Writer's pictureIsaac Callan

Ford government begins licensing new private MRI, CT scan clinics

By Isaac Callan & Colin D'Mello Global News

Posted June 3, 2024 2:53 pm

Updated June 3, 2024 3:53 pm

The Ford government is formally asking for new private health clinics to apply to enter the publicly funded health-care system as it ramps up its strategy to reduce wait times for surgery and diagnostics.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health said it was issuing a call for applications for new licences for clinics looking to offer publicly funded MRI and CT scans. There are currently seven clinics that provide either one or both of the services in Ontario.

The government said it hopes adding new clinics will create 100,000 more scans for people in Ontario every year.

Prospective clinics will submit a staffing plan to the province, details about how they will inform patients of their rights and obtain consent, along with how they will link to the existing public system.

A spokesperson for the government said there was not a specific number of clinics they were looking to license.

“The total number of new clinics will be decided based on the review of applications by the Director of Integrated Community Health Service Centres in conjunction with OH and the review panel,” they said.


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