Andrew Scheer promises to invest $1.5 billion in its first term to purchase MRI machines and CT machines to replace aging equipment and add machines across the country, reducing wait times for potentially life-saving tests for Canadians.
“Hundreds of thousands of Canadians wait longer than the recommended time for an MRI or a CT scan. That is just not good enough”, said Scheer. “This investment will help our health care providers to deliver quality services with the most up-to-date technology, giving patients quicker access to reliable, potentially life-saving tests.”
He said Trudeau’s ‘never-ending’ deficits and out-of-control spending have put Canada on track to hit $1 trillion in debt by 2035. A new Conservative government will live within its means to protect health care in the long term. Andrew Scheer said he will maintain and increase the current funding formula for the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer.
“Canadians need a government that understands that balancing the budget is the best way to maintain the services that they rely on the most, including health care,” Scheer said. “Canada’s Conservatives will give you more help for your health, so you can get ahead.”
According to a recent report by the Conference Board of Canada, Canada’s stock of MRI and CT machines is aging, supply is not keeping up with demand, and wait times for these important diagnostic tests exceed the wait-time recommendations from the Canadian Association of Radiologists.
“By upgrading and increasing available medical imaging equipment, Canadians will have better, faster access to quality tests. Getting earlier access to a test could mean an earlier diagnosis for the patient,” he said.