Other provinces show Sask. health-care merger no ’silver bullet’: experts

January 6, 2017 at 16:16 , by admin

Saskatchewan is merging its regional health bodies into a province-wide authority. Photo from Getty Images

The Saskatchewan government announced this week it would amalgamate a dozen regional health authorities, becoming the latest province to end its experiment with regionalized health care.

Provincial Health Minister Jim Reiter said Wednesday that Saskatchewan will consolidate the 12 regions into a single provincial health authority this fall on the recommendations of an advisory panel.

The move aims to reduce administration and streamline legal, IT and accounting work and could save the province — which has a $5.1-billion annual health budget serving 1.2 million people — as much as $20 million. But the minister said cost savings is not the primary driver behind the announcement.

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