(13 September 2010)
Improving Health Care in Saskatchewan
Health care is the number one issue for Saskatchewan people. Our government is taking steps to ensure the action we take reflects that priority. As part of our government’s commitment to reduce surgical wait times, people from across the province will now be able to have certain surgeries performed at a private surgical centre in Regina. The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has started booking patients for dental surgery and knee arthroscopy procedures at Omni Surgery Centre. These procedures will be publically provided and publically funded, so patients will not be required to pay for services and no one will be allowed to jump the queue. Because the Centre specializes in these types of surgeries, they are able to perform them cheaper than in our hospitals. Not only will Saskatchewan residents receive these necessary procedures in a more timely manner, we will also be saving money. This approach will also free operating room time in our hospitals for more complex day and in-patient surgeries.
We recently announced the partial resumption of the Kidney Transplant Program. Saskatchewan residents, who are receiving a living related donor kidney transplant, can soon have their surgery in Saskatchewan. A review of the Kidney Transplant Program was undertaken by the Saskatchewan Transplant Steering Committee. The Saskatchewan Renal Transplant Program Review report makes several recommendations aimed at improving services in the future. Our government has also increased program funding by up to $2 million to assist with initiatives such as recruiting additional surgeons and promoting organ donation.
In addition to the initiatives, we have expanded the number of training seats for doctors and are close to reaching our goal of hiring an additional 800 nurses. All of these things will improve our healthcare system. Healthcare is a priority for Saskatchewan residents and it is a priority for your government.
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