Reply to Premier Wall re: Private MRI`s

Dear Premier Wall:

Thank you for your letter of October 29, 2014 with respect to private MRI’s. We appreciate that the government has not yet made a decision on allowing private pay-as-you-go MRI’s in our province. As stated in our letter of October 27, 2014 we believe that the introduction of private MRI’s would be a threat to our public health care system, they simply have not worked in other provinces to shorten waiting lists, and they will poach scarce workers from the public system.

July 1st, 2012 50th Anniversary of Medicare in Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan declares July 2012 “Medicare Month”. The Province of Saskatchewan implemented Universal Medicare for all its citizens on July 1st 1962. Saskatchewan is the birthplace of Canada’s Medicare and Medicare’s 50th anniversary needs to be recognized. The Hon. Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister of Health has designated July 2012 to be “Medicare Month” in Saskatchewan…

Ottawa needs to fix Medicare

By Stan Rice
The Star Phoenix
January 13, 2012

Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated in a year-end interview that it’s up to the provinces to fix the problems with Medicare.

Yet lack of federal coordination and guardianship means that more and more Canadians lack access to comparable services in primary health care, prescription drugs, home care, rehabilitation and long-term care. Harper’s unilateral action on future federal funding indicates that Ottawa no longer will take any responsibility for ensuring that all Canadians receive universal quality health care.

Canadian Health Coalition’s Campaign for Universal Pharmacare

The recent research report “The Economic Case of Universal Pharmacare” by Marc-André Gagnon, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, recommends a universal pharmacare program for all Canadians. The report estimates that such a plan could save Canadians as much as $10.7 billion annually. The report concludes that “Canadians … Read more

Media Release – Sask. Health Coalition Calls for Universal Pharmacare in Sask. Govt.’s Throne Speech

March 7, 2011 – Saskatchewan Health Coalition News Release Sask. Health Coalition Calls for Universal Pharmacare in Sask. Govt.’s Throne Speech Saskatoon – The Saskatchewan Health Coalition (SHC) requests that the Government of Saskatchewan take a pro-active and leadership approach in the establishment of a Canadian universal pharmacare program.  The Health Coalition hopes that the … Read more

Don’t Adopt Failed Alberta Health Model, by Ross Hinther

Don’t adopt failed Alta. health model, by Ross Hinther Note: Following is the viewpoint of the writer, vice-president of the Saskatchewan Health Coalition, as published in the Star Phoenix, April 9, 2010. The Saskatchewan Government is copying the Alberta health care delivery model by financing the expansion of private for-profit surgery clinics. The failed model … Read more

Media Release – SHC raises concerns about private for-profit surgery clinic

SASKATCHEWAN HEALTH COALITION RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT SURGERY CLINIC Regina – Sept 12, 2010 – The Saskatchewan Health Coalition raises concerns that private-for-profit surgery clinics will drain resources (staff, nurses, doctors and valuable dollars) from the public system.  We say this in response to a recent announcement by the Saskatchewan Party Government that some … Read more

Media Release – The SK Govt’s Millions of Dollars More for Privatization of Healthcare is Flawed Policy

February 17, 2011 – Saskatchewan Health Coalition News Release The SK Govt.’s Millions of Dollars More for Privatization of Healthcare is Flawed Policy. Regina – The SK. Health Coalition is concerned that the government’s February 14th announcement of additional surgical funding is for private-for-profit healthcare delivery driven by the Saskatchewan Party’s privatization ideology.  The government’s … Read more