Reducing MRI Wait Times in Toronto Central LHIN

$3.4 Million Investment to Improve Access to Diagnostic Tests in Toronto

TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Five hospitals in the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) are boosting operating hours for MRI scans, which will reduce wait times for key diagnostic tests in the city of Toronto.

The province is providing a one-time "blitz" investment of $2.2 million that will result in 12,749 additional scans for MRI patients in the Toronto Central LHIN this year.  The following hospitals will provide additional MRI scans:

  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • The Toronto East General Hospital
  • University Health Network

In addition, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and University Health Network will receive $1.2 million (or $400,000 for each hospital in annual funding) that will boost MRI scans at these hospitals by 4,680 scans every year.

The additional scans and reduced wait times will make it easier for people who need an MRI scan to get tested and treated more quickly. People will have greater peace of mind knowing the care they need is close to home.

Today's announcement is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.

QUOTES

"This funding, along with other efforts to enhance MRI services in the city, will help Toronto Central LHIN hospitals reduce wait times and get people tested and treated more quickly."

  • Camille Orridge, CEO, Toronto Central LHIN

"Our government and our LHINs remain committed to providing the best quality health care for all Ontarians. This additional funding for Sunnybrook and other local hospitals will increase the number of MRIs performed, which will reduce wait times for all."

  • Kathleen Wynne, MPP Don Valley West

QUICK FACTS

  • The province is investing $3,409,700 in the Toronto Central LHIN to boost operating MRI scan hours.
  • Ontario provided $43.1 million for an additional 248,715 MRI scans in 2010/11
  • Ontario has approved 30 new MRI machines since 2003
  • There are currently 80 MRI machines operational in hospitals in Ontario

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Reducing MRI Wait Times

January 21, 2011

Ontario is providing $3.4 million to five hospitals in the Toronto Central LHIN to reduce wait times for MRIs. The following table outlines the amount of funding each of the hospitals will receive and the number of scans to be performed.

HOSPITAL NUMBER OF
ADDITIONAL MRI
SCANS
ONE-TIME
PRIORITY FUNDING
TORONTO CENTRAL LHIN
Mount Sinai Hospital 1,268 $219,700
St. Michael's Hospital 4,391 $761,000
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 1,890 $327,600
The Toronto East General Hospital 1,740 $301,600
University Health Network 3,461 $599,800
LHIN TOTAL 12,749 $2,209,700
 

HOSPITAL NUMBER OF
ADDITIONAL MRI
SCANS
ANNUALIZED
FUNDING
TORONTO CENTRAL LHIN
Mount Sinai Hospital 1,560 $400,000
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 1,560 $400,000
University Health Network 1,560 $400,000
LHIN TOTAL 4,680 $1,200,000
 

SOURCE Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network

For further information:

Media Contact:
Susana Hsu,Toronto Central LHIN
416-969-3327
susana.hsu@lhins.on.ca

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