More MRI cancellations ahead in Alberta
The Global Economic Crisis is putting pressure on the Alberta budget. Recently it was announced that there was a $1.1 Billion deficit in Alberta Health Care Budget. There have been allegations of a hiring freeze for nurses. Alberta has also canceled sex change surgery and has revised its Senior Drug Program (claiming that 60% of Seniors will benefit).
The most recent squeeze has now been placed on MRI scans. Just yesterday the Grey Nuns hospital announced that it would cut two hours off scanning from its MRI bookings.
Today, apparently Red Deer Hospital is on the cutting block and will cut back by two scans a day.
Appointments already on the books will go ahead. It is not known how long these cutbacks will last.
What is of interest that none of these cutbacks have been announced to the public by the Health Minister but by the hospitals concerned.
CTV News has learned of more MRI cancellations elsewhere in the province. Patients in the Red Deer area could be next in line to feel the pressure of cutbacks.
The Red Deer Hospital will cut back by two MRI scans a day, according to the Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA).
On Wednesday, the Grey Nuns hospital was ordered to cut back MRI service effective immediately in a move to ease budget pressures.
The cutbacks will affect new cases only. Current patients who have MRIs booked will go ahead with their appointments. It is unknown how long the cutbacks will last.