September 17th, 2018
I've been suffering with a bad back for a number of years now and have always gone to a physiotherapist to address any flare ups.
This summer, the physio just didn't seem to work so I made the decision to obtain a private MRI to find out what was really going on.
Fortunately, I have the resources to afford a $600 private MRI and appreciate that I can still access one in this province. However, I understand that if the government goes ahead with their proposed agenda, many private MRI clinics will have to shut down due to a lack of radiologists.
This seems totally lacking in common sense to me.
By accessing the private system I was able to reduce the wait time for someone else in the public system by not taking up space in the queue. If private MRI clinics are forced to shut down, this advantage to the public system will be removed and wait times for critical MRI procedures will increase needlessly.
Access to choice in healthcare should continue to be a right in BC, especially when it ensures a more efficient operation with improved access for everyone including those in the public system.