The President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association is, on the whole, satisfied with the 2018-2019 budget’s focus on health care.
Dr. Joanne Sivertson said the budget did what it should: meet the status quo of the current needs of Saskatchewan health care.
But, in her opinion, there are some areas which need to be addressed even more.
“We definitely want to see mental health get an even larger injection,” she said. “We know Saskatchewan is behind the average spending on mental funding compared to other provinces.”
Sivertson also spoke about the need for more funding and investment into the IT infrastructure, which she stated ultimately is one of the most crucial things they will need.
“We really do think we’re going to need to see more investments into IT infrastructure and the way the system communicates across the province,” she noted.”And, ideally, across other provinces as well.
Sivertson said funding that branch of infrastructure is important, as having better access to timely and accurate information improves the overall being of the health care system.
Another thing she says is necessary to making sure the current funds in health are fully optimized?
Have doctors input on how it should be used.
“We are hoping to have a role in deciding how some of the money can be used to optimize patient care,” she said. “And we’re looking ahead at the investments that will need to be made in the future when our fiscal realities are not so dire.”