Canadian health system to fire radiology group

By staff writers

March 18, 2020 -- A health system in Alberta, Canada, plans to end a contract that involves radiologists at Calgary and Edmonton hospitals next year, according to a report posted March 17 by Global News.

The move by Alberta Health Services is an effort to reduce costs for advanced imaging exams, such as MRI and CT, and use any savings toward to reduce wait times for these exams, the Global News wrote.

But the action won't help, Dr. Robert Davies, president of the Alberta Society of Radiologists, told the publication.

"The issue with waitlists for CT scans for cancer and other important issues has nothing to do with radiologist fees or needing to save a little bit of money here or there," Davies told the Global News. "The fact is we massively underfund CT scans and, to a lesser degree, MRIs, compared to the national average."

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