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Premier McGuinty Opens Second New MRI In Ottawa

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Premier McGuinty Opens Second New MRI In Ottawa

Montfort Hospital MRI Improves Service, Helps Reduce Wait Times

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OTTAWA -- The government's aggressive plan to open nine new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) sites will deliver thousands of additional exams and result in shorter wait times, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"To keep Ontarians healthy, we need to reduce wait times for key medical services, including MRIs," said Premier McGuinty. "We're making significant progress toward that goal."

Premier McGuinty made his remarks at the official launch of a new MRI for the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa -- the only facility in Ontario to offer MRI service in French.

The Montfort MRI opening is the second in the city this year -- after Queensway-Carleton Hospital in September. Together, the two new sites will help provide 8,320 more exams every year. Ottawa has been facing some of the longest wait times for MRIs in the province.

With the Montfort opening, the government takes another step toward fulfilling its commitment to open nine new or expanded MRI sites across the province:

  • Three communities -- Ottawa, Owen Sound and Oakville -- now have new or expanded services.
  • By March, another two MRIs will be operating in Markham and Richmond Hill.
  • The last three -- in Niagara Falls, London and Windsor -- are planned for late 2005 or early 2006.

At the same time, the Province has been negotiating to bring MRIs that were previously for-profit back into the public system. To date, three MRIs -- located in Kingston, Kitchener and Richmond Hill -- have been brought back.

"We're taking action on our plan for health care," said Premier McGuinty. "By strengthening the health of our people, we can ensure Ontario is the place to be for years to come."

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