(27 Sept 2012)
Reducing Wait Times
Your Saskatchewan Party government continues working toward keeping another important promise we made during last year’s election campaign: reducing surgical wait times. We learned this week seven out of 10 health regions are within five percent of reaching the goal of reducing wait times for surgery to less than six months. They are:
- Heartland 100 per cent;
- Cypress/Sunrise 99 per cent;
- Prairie North/Five Hills 98 per cent;
- Sun Country 97 per cent;
- Prince Albert Parkland 95 per cent;
- Kelsey Trail/Saskatoon 90 per cent; and
- Regina Qu’Appelle 81 per cent
Since 2007, the number of people waiting more than a year for surgery is down 92 per cent and the number waiting more than six months has dropped 58 per cent. Our government remains committed to reducing the amount of time for everyone waiting for surgery to no more than three months by the end of 2014. For more information on the Saskatchewan Surgical initiative, go to http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/surgical-initiative; for wait time data and other patient information go to http://www.sasksurgery.ca.
You can see the benefits of the Saskatchewan Advantage everywhere these days. For example, because of the advantage created by your hard work, our government has been able to expand the Discounted Bus Program to North Battleford. It was already available in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and Swift Current. How does it work? Well, the province pays participating cities a $24.50 subsidy for every bus pass sold each month; the city then reduces the cost of those bus passes for people with low incomes. This year alone, we are investing $2 million in the program. The Saskatchewan Advantage is about more than just dollars and cents – it is also about supporting society’s most vulnerable people through programs such as this.
Throughout our province volunteer groups play an important role. This year, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is supporting the great work of these organizations by providing approximately $2.1 million in charitable gaming grants. These grants will support the work of over 1,000 volunteer groups and organizations from across the province. This program provides a grant equal to 25 per cent of the net revenues raised through charitable gaming activities. By working together we will maintain the Saskatchewan Advantage.
There is no greater commitment to your country than to serve in the Armed Forces. To honour the sacrifices these heroic men and women have made, SGI is issuing veteran plates for motorcycles and snowmobiles. This is a great way for those who have served to take pride in their commitment to the people of the Canada, while enjoying the sports they love. For more information on who qualifies for veterans plates please contact SGI at www.sgi.sk.ca.
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