Saskatchewan’s Health Minister Jim Reiter said at a news conference Tuesday, work has already begun to consolidate the 12 Regional Health Authorities into one.
A transition team is being assembled that includes the Ministry of Health, and clinical and health system leaders, their job is to develop a plan to implement the new Authority.
That includes saving about $700-thousand a year in Board governance costs and about $160-million a year on information technology across the health system.
There will be fewer senior executive level positions across the Regional Health Associations as well, so salary expenses will decrease.
Reiter expects there will be costs to implement the change, with savings anticipated next year.
He emphasizes that although cost savings will be a product of this change, it’s not the primary objective.