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February 18, 2011

Sousa Announces New MRI Funding to Reduce Wait Times in Mississauga

Ontario Government Improving Access to Diagnostic Scans

Mississauga South MPP Hon. Charles Sousa announced today that Mississauga residents will soon benefit from reduced MRI wait times thanks to new funding for MRI scans at Trillium Health Centre.
 
The $800,000 investment by the Ontario government will provide patients with 3,120 additional scans every year. This represents an increase in base operating funding of 50 per cent.

The new funding will allow Trillium to expand operations of its MRI scanners and reduce wait times for scans. This will make it easier for people who need an MRI scan to get diagnosed and treated more quickly.

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

"We are committed to providing timely and appropriate access to health care. This funding is an important measure to better serve our community and help reduce wait times in Mississauga."
– Hon. Charles Sousa MPP, Mississauga South

“I’m determined to increase access to MRIs in Mississauga. That’s why I’m glad we’re able to fund 3,120 additional MRI scans at Trillium Health Centre. I know how important this is to the community.”
– Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Reducing Wait Times is a priority for the ministry and for the LHINs, province wide. This important funding for Trillium Health Centre, which will substantially increase capacity for MRI diagnostic testing in our Mississauga Halton LHIN, will help move us forward forwards that goal“
– John Magill, Board Chair, Mississauga Halton LHIN.

“This new funding from the Ontario government will allow us to significantly expand operations of our MRI scanners. This will help reduce MRI wait times, and ensure patients get more timely access to diagnosis and treatment.”
– Janet Davidson O.C., President and CEO, Trillium Health Centre

QUICK FACTS
  • This $800,000 investment will result in 2,080 more hours of care (a 50 per cent increase to the current base funding for 4,160 hours) and result in 3,120 additional MRI scans for Mississauga residents
  • There are currently 78 MRI machines operating in Ontario’s hospitals. That’s 19 more MRI machines than existed in 2003.
  • Between 2004-05 and 2010-11 the McGuinty Government provided Ontario hospitals with over $245M in additional funding to perform 1,388,800 more MRI exams
  • There are currently two MRI scanners operating at Trillium Health Centre-Mississauga that perform approximately 16,000 scans per year.

LEARN MORE

Visit Trillium Health Centre and the Mississauga Halton LHIN online.

Learn more about Ontario’s Wait Time Strategy.

Hon. Charles Sousa, MPP Mississauga South and the Minister of Labour, Hon. Laurel Broten, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore and the Minister for Children and Youth Services and Bob Delaney, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville, learn about how MRI brain scans are used to diagnose patients from Trillium Health Centre's Chief Radiologist, Dr. William Magnuson.  The MPPs were at Trillium Health Centre-Mississauga to announce $800,000 in new MRI funding from the Ontario government.

Hon. Charles Sousa, MPP Mississauga South and the Minister of Labour, Hon. Laurel Broten, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore and the Minister for Children and Youth Services and Bob Delaney, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville, learn about how MRI brain scans are used to diagnose patients from Trillium Health Centre's Chief Radiologist, Dr. William Magnuson. The MPPs were at Trillium Health Centre-Mississauga to announce $800,000 in new MRI funding from the Ontario government.

Media Inquiries:
 
Ed Steel
Office of Hon. Charles Sousa MPP Mississauga South
(416) 326-9966
esteel@liberal.ola.org