Getting back to balance is the prime focus in the 2016/17 operational budget for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.
The RQHR has approved the health region’s strategic plan, and the 2016-17 operating and capital budgets.
The operating budget comes in at just over 1-billion dollars.
There is a deficit of 15.2 million dollars for 2015-16 but its President and CEO says funding-increases and cost-savings through staffing and overtime likely will get the region to balance.
At a meeting Wednesday night, the board says it will focus on on three key areas: quality and safety; access and patient flow; and system sustainability.
Keith Dewar said they’re still working on ways to find any cost inefficiencies.
The strategic plan and operating and capital budgets were approved by the board Wednesday night and they project a balance based on finding efficiencies.
Dewar says they have 11-thousand employees and will make sure they are using them in an effective way adding the province has to approve where money is found and where money is going.
Dewar says the number of people covered by RQHR over the past 10 years has grown by more than 45,000 people.