Increasing Our Surgical Capacity
Providing more surgeries in mid-sized and smaller Saskatchewan health regions is another innovative way in which Saskatchewan is addressing surgical wait times through the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative.
The province is providing funding to ensure that all health regions are able to maximize their surgical capacity and put patients first by providing services closer to their homes.
The province is also identifying options for using third-party providers to boost surgical and diagnostic imaging service capacity within our public health care system. Partnerships with third-party providers are based on the understanding that patients will not have to pay additional fees for services in a private facility, or be able to 'jump the queue'. Patients are scheduled through health region booking systems to ensure all patients are on a single list. Third-party facilities and staff must meet safety, quality and privacy requirements, and be fully licensed and accredited.
Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has a contracted with Surgical Centres Incorporated to provide dental surgeries and knee arthroscopies to patients on the public wait list.
Saskatoon Health Region has a contract with Surgical Centres Incorporated to provide outpatient knee and shoulder arthroscopies to patients within the public health care system.
Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is booking patients from the public wait list to have CT scans at Radiology Associates of Regina, which is now operating Regina's fourth CT scanner – the province's first outside of a hospital.
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