Saskatchewan to build new children’s
Saskatchewan’s latest provincial
budget includes $200 million over two years for a new Children’s
Hospital in Saskatoon, which is part of the government’s plan to improve
healthcare and build a better future for Saskatchewan families.
The Government of Saskatchewan introduced a $4.075 billion health budget
that will maintain health services for Saskatchewan residents and allow
strategic investments to improve the health of Saskatchewan people. This
is an increase of $329.9 million or 8.8 percent from the previous fiscal
“We are committed to putting the patient “first” in healthcare. A
Children’s Hospital will improve care and create an environment that
will improve the patient experience,” Health Minister Don McMorris said.
“By providing $200 million to this project over the next two years we
are ensuring it will best meet the needs of Saskatchewan families.”
This funding is on top of the $152.8 million to build 13 new long-term
care facilities to replace 13 outdated facilities throughout
Saskatchewan that the Ministry announced in February.
The largest portion of the government’s investment in health - 71 per
cent of the 2009-10 budget - goes toward paying healthcare providers.
Regional health authorities, which provide most of the health services
in Saskatchewan, will receive $2.4 billion, an increase of $281 million
or 13 per cent over the last fiscal year.
The 2009-10 budget continues significant investments in recruiting and
retaining healthcare providers, infrastructure, drug coverage and
including a significant increase to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency for
“Our government has many initiatives to help recruit, retain, and train
health providers in Saskatchewan,” McMorris said. “We will continue to
build on these initiatives and develop others including the development
of a Physician Recruitment Strategy.”
Additional new investments will support the development of a provincial
Mental Health Strategy, work on tobacco reduction initiatives, enhanced
infection control activities, a First Nations health and well being
plan, an enhanced Métis partnership on health, and support and services
to individuals and their families with Alzheimer’s Disease.