Physicians across Saskatchewan are watching as the province begins the final countdown to a single health authority.
Saturday marked one month before the government merges 12 health regions into the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Saskatchewan Medical Association President Dr. Joanne Sivertson is cautiously optimistic about the transition, but is concerned about the impact on rural communities.
She says the way you provide services in an urban centre is much different than how you provide the same service in a rural centre.
“The resources are different, the geography is more spread out,” Sivertson says. “If you were to make a decision that works well for an urban centre, and assume you can just roll it out to the entire province the same way, it’s very possible that people will end up being disadvantaged in smaller centres.”
Health Minister Jim Reiter says the single health authority will come into effect December 4th, and there will be no layoffs to front line staff during the transition process.