A re-elected Saskatchewan Party will look for ways to innovate and improve on our strong health care record by:
- Reducing administrative positions and costs in Regional Health Authorities by $7.5 million, with savings allocated towards front line care in long-term care facilities.
- Provide $500,000 in annual funding to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to integrate vision loss rehabilitation services into the mainstream health system
- Reduce CT scan wait lists by providing patients with the option to pay privately for CT scans using the “two-for-one” model recently introduced for MRI scans, under which for every scan paid for privately, the clinic must provide one scan at no charge to a patient on the public list; and
- Provide an additional $500,000 annually to expand the remote presence technology pilot project underway in Pelican Narrows to other communities. This initiative uses advanced robotic telemedicine to connect with a patient remotely and provide real-time assessments, diagnosis and patient management.
We will also help those caring for a family member in the final stages of life by extending palliative care leave from eight weeks to 26 weeks.
Because of new ideas and a new approach, things have changed.
Here are a few examples of the work we have done in the past 8 years:
- We've built or are building new hospitals, like the Moose Jaw hospital, Sask Hospital North Battleford and the first ever Children’s Hospital
- We’re adding 15 new long-term care facilities
- Our surgical wait times are now the shortest in Canada
- We've hired 650 new doctors and 3,000 new nurses
There’s more work to do but progress is being made.