(12 April 2012)
Improving Health Care in Saskatchewan
New surgical data shows that Saskatchewan continues to make progress improving access to surgery for patients. Since 2007, there has been a 90 per cent drop in the number of Saskatchewan patients waiting more than 18 months for surgery and a 79 per cent decrease in the number waiting more than 12 months.
By the end of 2012-13, the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative's target is to reduce all surgical wait times to less than six months. By 2014, the goal is to provide all patients with an opportunity to have surgery within three months.
Currently, 99 per cent of surgeries are completed within 18 months, 96 per cent within 12 months, 87 per cent within six months and 76 per cent within three months. The number of patients waiting remains at the lowest level since the current data measurement system was introduced in late 2004.
The 2012-13 provincial budget included a further $60.5 million investment in the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative. Health regions will use the funding to improve access to surgery by providing additional surgeries to patients and introducing innovations that enhance surgical care.
We have also increasing funding for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. Our commitment this year to the Cancer Agency is $113.8 million, an almost 14 per cent increase from 2011-12. In 2012-13, it is expected this funding will provide 30,000 cancer drug treatments, 39,000 mammograms and 6,000 new patient appointments at the cancer centres in Saskatoon and Regina. The latest data shows the number of people waiting to see a medical oncologist in Saskatchewan is down almost 50 per cent and that almost no cancer patient is waiting longer than eight weeks for their first appointment.
Also in this year’s budget, the colorectal screening program will go province-wide to improve early detection and survival rates and there is a further $5.5 million for the STARS air ambulance.
Your Saskatchewan Party government is working hard to strengthen the services that matter the most to you.
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