Mumbai hospital tells patients to wait until 2020 for MRI

Patients wanting an MRI scan done at Nair Hospital in Mumbai, India, may have to wait until the year 2020 due to the hospital having only one MRI machine in combination with an already long waiting list, according to an article published Dec. 14 by the Hindustan Times.  

The MRI department at Nair Hospital receives 50 to 60 patients daily, but the hospital is only able to perform 12 to 15 MRIs each day, according to the report.  

The severe backlog at Nair has also been due to its low-cost MRIs and discounts for exams compared to more expensive screenings offered at nearby private hospitals.  

Patients wanting an MRI at Nair have been told by staff to visit other nearby hospitals for exams where the backlog isn’t as severe. King Edward Memorial Hospital could schedule an MRI scan for July 25, 2019, while Lokmanya Tilak (Sion) Hospital only has a three-month wait, according to the article.  

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