Today, the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) Board of Directors approved its first operating budget and capital plan for the new organization – the largest budget for health care delivery in the province’s history.
The SHA’s 2018-19 $3.8 billion operating budget and $200 million capital plan will support patient care in every corner of the province. Included in SHA’s budget is a $31.5 million increase to base funding to address financial pressures and operating costs associated with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital and Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford.
“For the first time, the entire system is working together as one organization,” Saskatchewan Health Authority Board Chair Dick Carter said. “During this first full year, we will focus on quality patient care and safety. We are looking to create more integrated health-care teams, better value for taxpayers, better care for patients, residents and clients, and ultimately better health for the people of Saskatchewan.”
The SHA’s 2018-19 budget takes a targeted approach over the short-term to achieving business efficiencies. This will focus on attendance management initiatives that improve workforce efficiency.
This year, the SHA’s key and ongoing health system priorities include:
“I am confident that we are better positioned to address service delivery as an integrated health care system,” Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said. “As one organization, we will create a health-care system that is better, smarter, safer and more coordinated. This multi-year journey will result in improved care and better health outcomes for people and communities across Saskatchewan.”
In addition to the operating budget, the SHA board approved a $200 million capital budget for infrastructure repairs and equipment investments, along with continued work on Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, which is scheduled to open in later 2019. As a result of this year’s investment, many health care facilities in both urban and rural communities will see maintenance and renewal funding.
“With the Saskatchewan Health Authority still in its infancy, we are beginning to outline how we will achieve our multi-year transformation,” Livingstone said. “Together with our partners, we are working to ensure we have a seamless health system that delivers high-quality care, regardless of where you live in our province.”