Sask. Health Authority approves new patient rights and responsibilities

To enhance patient care, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and its Board of Directors have endorsed a Patient Rights and Responsibilities agreement titled “Our Commitment to Each Other.”

This agreement aims to solidify various elements related to patient safety, quality care, and the SHA’s dedication to truth and reconciliation.

Developed through a collaborative effort involving over 700 individuals across the province, the agreement reflects the diverse perspectives of patients, families engaged in patient care, First Nation and Métis communities, and staff and physicians from across Saskatchewan.

Key components of the agreement include:

  • Non-discrimination: Ensuring that care is provided free from any form of discrimination.
  • Translation services: Provide translation services and explain care in a manner understandable to everyone.
  • Cultural supports: Striving to include cultural supports when delivering care.
  • Privacy: Keeping health information private and secure.
  • Patient partnership: Partnering with patients to assist with healthcare choices and needs.
  • Health information access: Helping patients access their health information.

The agreement supersedes all existing patient rights and responsibility agreements previously in effect within the former health regions.

The document, titled “Our Commitment to Each Other,” is accessible to the public, patients, families, and the more than 40,000 staff and physicians across all SHA facilities throughout the province.

Incorporating these principles is expected to ensure a consistent and high-quality approach to healthcare delivery for individuals, regardless of their location within the province.

For more information or to access the complete document, interested parties can visit the official Saskatchewan Health Authority website or contact local SHA facilities.

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