On January 4, 2017, the Advisory Panel on Health System Structure released its report, recommending the transition of 12 Regional Health Authorities into a single provincial health authority. The Advisory Panel also recommended system-wide improvements to better coordinate health-care services across the province, and improve access to high quality, timely patient care for Saskatchewan people.
In the months leading up to the launch of the Saskatchewan Health Authority on December 4, 2017, transition planning consulted and engaged with the health system to help inform transition plans that addressed critical administrative needs and activities to support the first day of operations. The focus was always to ensure a seamless transition, with no impacts to patient care.
Now that the Saskatchewan Health Authority has launched, the focus is turning to coordinate system-wide transformation, for the benefit of people working in the system and those that use it. This will be a multi-year journey in collaboration with patients, health-care providers and partners across the health system.