A number of health systems across the state are offering MRI services to their patients, but only a handful of them have the equipment necessary to deliver the tests.
Now a California state senator is introducing legislation that would require those facilities to have at least two MRI machines in their facilities.
The bill was introduced on Thursday by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-Los Angeles.
The bill is titled the “National Institute of Health’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Imaging in California Act,” and would require that facilities offering MRI and CT scans in California have at most two machines.
It would require a second MRI machine to be installed in each facility in California that offers MRI or CT services.
This would be done for a period of five years.
According to Wiener’s office, the bill is “designed to protect the health and safety of all Californians, especially those at risk of developing or developing chronic illnesses.”
A spokesperson for the National Institute of Mental Health said the agency “has no immediate comment on this bill.”
The bill is an attempt to address concerns that the lack of MRI and other medical imaging facilities can lead to increased health care costs.
The state already has a national system for health care imaging, and California already has the nation’s highest rate of people in nursing homes.
Wiener said in a statement, “This bill is a step in the right direction to prevent health care facilities from over-burdening their patients with unnecessary medical imaging.
The U.S. health care system has to do more to prevent this from happening.”
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of people who have had a CT or MRI scan or MRI over a two-year period increased by 2.2 million in California, compared to the same period last year.