Saskatchewan residents and interested organizations are invited to provide feedback to the recently-announced advisory panel examining the restructuring of Saskatchewan’s health care system.
On August 18, the Minister of Health appointed a three person advisory panel to review the current Regional Health Authority (RHA) structure and provide advice on a system with fewer RHAs in Saskatchewan.
The panel will also look at services that could be delivered more efficiently and effectively on a provincial scale, examine RHA board governance and accountability, and identify ways to enhance measurement of health system performance.
“Our panel wants to support a robust and open dialogue with key partners and stakeholders throughout this process,” panel member Dr. Dennis Kendel said. “The panel wants to ensure the patient is at the centre of a redefined system, which will be structured and governed to best support and improve patient care.”
The panel is now accepting online written submissions from all interested individuals and groups. The submission form can be accessed at http://www.saskatchewan.ca. Submission deadline is September 26. The submission form includes options for responding to each of the four areas within the panel’s mandate, though there is no requirement to complete all four.
“Restructuring the health system is an extremely complex process,” panel member Brenda Abrametz said. “The panel welcomes opinions from different perspectives to enhance our abilities to make informed recommendations to the government.”
“We sincerely appreciate everyone’s input in this important review that will help to shape the future of Saskatchewan’s health system structure,” panel member Tyler Bragg said.
The Advisory Panel will provide scheduled updates throughout the process. All submissions are part of a consultation process that may be released publicly upon the completion of the panel’s work.
Personal information and personal health information will not be disclosed. For more information about the review and to access the online submission, visit the Government of Saskatchewan website at http://www.saskatchewan.ca and search for “Health Advisory Panel.”