The CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority is, on the whole, fairly pleased with the initiatives announced in the 2018-2019 budget.
Following the presentation of the 2018-19 budget, Scott Livingstone spoke about the health expense section of the budget, which occupies just under 40% of the budget, saying it addresses several important matters in health care.
“We’ve seen a $31.5 million increase in our base budget, as well as $40.4 million against targeted funding for some areas that are significant pressures for the organization,” he said. “I think it’s true to government’s commitment to supporting transition of the health care system over the next few years.”
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One of the things he’s pleased to see is the increase in coverage for HIV medication, as he said it’s a good starting step to addressing the issues with HIV in Saskatchewan.
“It’s another positive step forward for the care of people with HIV,” he said. “And government’s commitment to taking care of folks at that level is important. I do think there is other work that needs to be done.”
Some of things which needs to be done, said Livingstone, is getting upstream to address the incidents of HIV in the population in the province.