The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) is the National Voice for radiologists in Canada. One of our main priorities is to advocate for the advancement of radiology in Canada.
For the last several years the CAR has submitted briefs to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of its pre-budget consultation process. The reports are intended to inform and influence the federal government as it prepares its budget and considers its spending priorities.
The Pre-Budget Submission is an example of the advocacy and government relations work that the CAR is conducting on behalf of its members.
2023 Pre-Budget Submission
To address the significant backlog of Canadians waiting for MI while preparing for the influx of patients needing care, the CAR recommends that the Government act on the following priorities:
- Invest $1 billion over three years for MI equipment to be distributed to the provinces on a per capita basis. In conjunction it is imperative that the Government, working with radiology stakeholders, implement a health human resources strategy, including hiring more medical radiation technologists (MRTs) and sonographers to help support the increased equipment capacity.
- Support the implementation of a national e-referrals program (clinical decision support) to equip referring health professionals with better access to MI guidelines, ensuring that patients receive the right imaging test at the right time.
- Harness homegrown AI applications for the strategic prioritization of health human resources, technology, and infrastructure for MI in Canada.
2023 Multistakeholder Report
- The CAR, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologist, the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network and Sonography Canada have come together with a common goal to improving access to medical imaging care for Canadians. Included within this brief are recommendations to address the backlog, decreasing wait times for medical imaging in Canada.