Minister of Health Jim Reiter was at the Health Innovation Summit Wednesday to open the event.
The summit is the first of its kind, as it aims to achieve quality care after all 12 health regions merge into one.
Reiter says a lot needs to be done before the merge begins next month.
“I think, while our target date is December 4th, as you can imagine it’s a huge amount of work,” Reiter says. “This is going to be the single largest entity in the Province. It’s going to be over 40,000 employees, either government or private. It’s going to be huge.”
Reiter says despite some public backlash, people have been relatively supportive of the changes.
He says money will be better spent on health care with this merger.
“I think there’s going to be money to be saved, we’ve said all along that senior management level is going to be reduced enormously so there’s going to be cost savings there,” Reiter says. “That isn’t the primary driver. The primary driver is to get rid of the arbitrary boundaries that have been affecting patient care.”
The Health Innovation Summit brings health stakeholders from a wide array of Saskatchewan communities and sectors together to come up with solutions ahead of the December 4th target date.