The federal government is set to launch a new spina test to detect a serious complication of the disease, but the process is still months away.
In a statement Friday, Health Minister Eric Hoskins said the testing would start in 2019.
The new test is designed to detect the rare condition called spina, which is when a person’s bone marrow and connective tissue is unable to function properly.
The disease is more common in people over 65.
“This new test will provide better quality, more timely and more reliable results for Canadians who are diagnosed with spina Bifida and have not received the timely and timely spina treatment,” Hoskins wrote in the statement.
“The test will be administered in a timely fashion so that it is administered in time for Canadians to receive the correct and appropriate spina treatments.”
The government has promised to provide spina testing to more than 6 million Canadians.
The federal government says more than 100,000 people have received spina tests since it launched the program in 2016.
The province of Nova Scotia is the only province that hasn’t started the testing.
The government says spina patients have access to a private doctor, who can administer a spina diagnostic test to patients.
In the meantime, health officials say they want to see spina numbers stabilize.