It's the only hospital with an MRI. We're all in line for an appointment.
Well that doesn't sound good . . .
The problem, is that the other facilities aren't getting approved to add MRI services and this hospital can't meet the demand without expansion.
More and more people are being turned away because there just aren't enough resources to treat everyone.
There has to be some regulation in place to fix this problem!
It's the regulations that are the problem!
VirginiaMedical Care Facilities Certificate of Public Need Law
State regulations require medical facilities like this hospital to prove public need for things like MRI or CT services in order to expand or make changes to the existing capacity.
There's obviously a need. Look at all of the people waiting today! I read online that there are only 2.5 hospital MRI facilities for every 500,000 people in Virginia. That's one-third the national average. Why the limitations?
The purpose was to reduce an over-investment in facilities and equipment and reduce costs. If you narrow the competition - reduce supply and increase demand - you can charge higher prices for the services.
Why would we want THAT?!
The hope was that by increasing the cost to SOME, facilities could offer services to a greater population to include those with charity needs. The problem is that now there is less competition, fewer choices, and decreased accessibility to care.
So, until this hospital gets a Certificate of Need or the law changes? WE WAIT . . .