The Saskatchewan Party government invested a record $5.8 Billion in healthcare in 2020-21 - a 67% increase since 2007.
Our plan for keeping healthcare strong and delivering the services that Saskatchewan families deserves includes making the largest historical investment of $435 million for mental health and addictions services. Since 2007, our government has invested over $3.4 billion into mental health and addictions including the construction of the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford.
We have invested more than $1.7 billion into healthcare infrastructure since forming government. This includes the construction of four new hospitals, including opening the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, and announced the development of three more. There are nearly 900 more doctors and 3,800 more nurses of every designation working in our province. This is in stark contrast to the NOP who closed 52 hospitals and lost 450 nurses and 173 doctors.
Since 2007, our Saskatchewan Party government has constructed 14 new long-term care facilities in communities across the province. Funding for long-term care has increased by 45% since 2007 to a total of nearly $760 Million annually. There are over 700 more frontline staff working in long-term care facilities since 2007 including 346 more Licensed Practical Nurses. The NOP eliminated 1,200 long-term care beds and had the worst doctor and nurse retention rate in Canada.
The Saskatchewan Party government invested $141 million this year for medical imaging services - a 68% increase since 2007. These investments into MRI services have increased our capacity by 12% since 2016. The 2-for-1 system has allowed for 2,300 scans to be provided to individuals waiting to receive an MRI from 2,300 privately paid scans.
The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency will receive their highest budget ever with an additional $18.4 million invested this year, to bring their annual grant to $196.4 million. This funding will ensure Saskatchewan patients have access to enhanced cancer care services.
We are proud of the investments we have made into healthcare in our province in order to provide quality healthcare for Saskatchewan families.