Today, the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) Board approved the organization’s operating budget and capital expenditure plan budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including a $3.97 billion operating budget comprising record targeted investments in mental health and addiction services and $188.9 million for capital expenditures.
“This budget will result in better health care for Saskatchewan residents, particularly as a result of key investments from the federal and provincial governments for the SHA to create additional mental health and addictions programming,” said R. W. (Dick) Carter, SHA Board Chair. “These strategic investments will help our system adapt to the increasing demand for these services and strengthen our ability to deliver high quality, timely health care, regardless of where you live in Saskatchewan.”
During the 2019-20 fiscal year, the SHA will focus on:
The SHA’s 2019-20 plan for capital expenditures targets infrastructure, equipment and information technology investments, including allocations to initiate the construction process for the new Meadow Lake long-term care facility, support for the pre-construction phase for new hospitals in Prince Albert and Weyburn, and IT at the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.
“Over the next year, we are focused on creating a stronger, more integrated province-wide health system for the patients and families we serve,” Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said. “We are focusing our actions on co-designing a provincial health system that strengthens care in communities, achieves better health outcomes and continues to work on sustainability. By putting our strategic priorities into action, we are better positioned to meet the health needs of the people of Saskatchewan, today and in the future.”