March 23rd, 2017
I was informed by a Registered Physiotherapist that I may have sustained a full tear in my right anterior cruciate ligament. However, I was told by my physician I may have to wait for up to two years (or longer) for a MRI to confirm the physiotherapist's assessment. My solution? I requested and was given a (physician) referral to the Fraser Valley MRI Centre. I paid approximately $800.00 (out of my own pocket) and I was scheduled for an MRI in two days!
In my personal opinion, I think that long waitlists are a barrier to care for some health care services (including but not limited to MRIs) and that Canadians should be able to (continue to) pay for health care services if they choose to do so.