Province reaches agreement in principle with doctors for after-hours care

Mar 31, 2023 | 3:18pm

The Saskatchewan government says it plans to increase compensation for doctors offering after-hours care to help people get access to physicians. The province has announced an agreement in principle with the Saskatchewan Medical Association that will see additional funding available to eligible after-hours urgent care and walk-in clinics. There will also be an additional $8 […]

Saskatchewan family doctors say provincial budget short on needed reforms

Mar 27, 2023 | 4:44am

Saskatchewan family doctors say the province’s latest budget fails to make needed reforms that would help keep them here as some look elsewhere for work. Saskatchewan Medical Association President Dr. John Gjevre said the Saskatchewan Party government’s budget doesn’t do enough to transform primary care so that more people can access a family doctor. While […]

Saskatchewan Increasing “Doctor Incentive” Dollars

Mar 15, 2023 | 11:17am

Premier Scott Moe used his address to the SARM convention in Saskatoon to announce a larger bonus for doctors who work in rural areas. Under a plan launched in 2013, new doctors would be paid a bomus of 46-thousand dollars to work in Rural areas. Now, the government is increasing that to 200 thousand dollars […]

The Saskatchewan Medical Association focusing on major issues at fall representative assembly

Oct 28, 2022 | 10:00am

The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) is holding its fall representative assembly. John Gjevre, the President of the SMA, outlined three major concerns. He said that the biggest concern is around the primary healthcare crisis. “There is a real challenge in family medicine. Older physicians are starting to retire and reduce their work time, and some […]

New SMA President shifting focus on improving rural health

Jun 19, 2021 | 11:34am

The newly-elected president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association believes one of his largest tasks is addressing issues surrounding rural health in the province. Dr. Eben Strydom says one of those issues is providing access to care by finding solutions to systemic problems that limit these services. He says one factor is that the number of […]

Melfort doctor new head of Saskatchewan Medical Association

May 8, 2021 | 12:45pm

The Saskatchewan Medical Association has a new president. Dr. Eben Strydom of Melfort was named to the position on Friday. As a family physician in Melfort, Dr. Strydom said rural medicine is one of his priorities. “Vulnerabilities in rural health care have been magnified by the pandemic. Every region is different, but they all require […]

Despite calls to change, province swears by vaccine plan

Apr 10, 2021 | 1:45pm

The Government of Saskatchewan reaffirmed their stance that the way to beat COVID-19 is through vaccines, despite alarmingly high case numbers Friday. Nearly 300 doctors across the province wrote a letter to the province asking them to implement stronger measures province-wide and vaccinate all front line workers. Health Minister Paul Merriman says he understands the […]

Sask. doctors express more than just COVID-19 concerns to association president

Sep 21, 2020 | 4:57am

Each year, the head of the Saskatchewan Medical Association likes to tour the province and meet with doctors to discuss what concerns they have and how best to address them, With COVID-19 still being prevalent, Dr. Barb Konstantynowicz can’t do those visits face-to-face, but she is holding virtual meetings with six of eleven having been […]

Province’s doctors have new five year contract

Aug 12, 2020 | 12:27pm

The Saskatchewan Medical Association and the government are announcing physicians have voted 90 percent in favour of ratifying a new five-year agreement. Health minister Jim Reiter says in a release from the province Wednesday morning that this positive step will maintain one of the most competitive remuneration and benefits package for physicians in Canada, in […]