Today, the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) Board of Directors approved the organization’s operating budget and capital expenditure plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year, including a $4.0 billion operating budget comprising record targeted investments in mental health and addiction services, and $131.9 million for its capital expenditure plan.
“Our operating budget will result in better health care for Saskatchewan residents, particularly related to surgical procedures as well as funding for additional mental health and addictions programming,” said R. W. (Dick) Carter, SHA Board Chair. “These strategic investments will help our system address surgical wait times more quickly and strengthen our ability to deliver safe, high-quality care in the right place, at the right time, by the right provider.”
During the 2020-21 fiscal year, the SHA will see further enhancements in key areas, including:
The SHA’s 2020-21 plan for capital expenditures targets infrastructure, equipment and information technology investments, including allocations to further advance the construction process for the new Meadow Lake long-term care facility, electrical renewal projects, as well as $15 million in funding for the new Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert. Additional capital projects will also be initiated, thanks to recently announced stimulus funding by the provincial government, of which the Saskatchewan Health Authority will receive $25 million. Specific projects are currently pending Ministry of Health approval, but include plumbing, electrical, roofing and elevator upgrades, among others.
“While we have had to place the highest priority in recent months on our pandemic response, this budget is important to ensure that we are still able to move forward the other work needed to continue strengthening all health services for the people of Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said. “Our focus remains on co-designing a provincial health system that strengthens care in communities and achieves better health outcomes.”