Saskatchewan opts for private surgical
REGINA – The government of
Saskatchewan has paved the way for patients to have certain day
surgeries outside of a hospital setting. Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
has started booking patients for dental surgery and knee arthroscopy
procedures at Omni Surgery Centre, a private surgical facility in
The government’s ambitious goal is to reduce surgical wait times to no
more than three months by 2014. Third-party delivery of surgical
services is being introduced under the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative
as a way to shorten patients’ wait times and help eliminate the backlog
of people on the surgical wait list.
“Our first concern is with patients, and providing them with timely
surgery,” Health Minister Don McMorris said. “This will help to shorten
wait times for some day surgeries, and the setting will be more
convenient for patients. Day surgeries will be provided and funded
within our public health system, so patients will not be required to pay
for services and no one will be allowed to jump the queue.”
Omni Surgery Centre began providing dental surgery services for the
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region today. Surgeries are booked through
health region processes within the publicly funded, publicly
administered health system.
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s contract with Omni Surgery Centre
meets a commitment to provide day surgery services at or below the cost
of providing them in hospitals.
A detailed cost analysis confirms that outpatient dental surgery and
knee arthroscopies at Omni Surgery Centre will cost less than the same
procedures provided in a hospital.
Knee surgeries, at $1,500, represent a $179 or 11 percent saving per
procedure, while dental surgeries, at $965, represent a $76 or 7 percent
saving per procedure. Omni Surgery Centre has been licensed under the
provincial Health Facilities Licensing Act and is accredited by the
College of Physicians and Surgeons.
“Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is committed to ensuring that we
provide timely access to surgery for the people we serve,” Executive
Director of Surgical Care Services for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health
Region Trent Truscott said. “Having certain day surgery procedures done
at the Omni Surgery Centre will help us ensure patients receive those
procedures quickly while freeing operating room time in our hospitals
for more complex day and inpatient surgeries.”
Posted September 9, 2010