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A Review of Saskatchewan’s Health System Structure

On August 18, 2016, Health Minister Duncan announced the appointment of a three person Advisory Panel on health system structure to lead the work of reviewing and advising on options for reducing the number of Regional Health Authorities in Saskatchewan. The review will include consultation with key health system stakeholders to inform the optimal design of the health system structure.

Advisory Panel Mandate

As part of the review, the Advisory Panel mandate will include:
  • Options for reducing the number of regional health authorities,
  • Reviewing regional health authority board structure and accountability, 
  • Looking at services that could be delivered more efficiently and effectively on a provincial scale; and 
  • Identifying ways to enhance measurement of health system performance.

Consultations - Submission Process Closed

The Advisory Panel held consultations and received input as part of a formal feedback process that was open to the public from August 29, 2016 through September 26, 2016. That process is now closed.

During the formal feedback period, the Advisory Panel held consultations with health system key partners and stakeholders, including RHA leadership, health providers such as physician leaders, provider unions and affiliates, Indigenous leaders and others. 

The Advisory Panel also received written submissions through an online form and by mail. Over 300 complete submissions were received from a diverse group of individuals and interested organizations addressing the four areas within the panel’s mandate. Now that the submission process has ended, the panel will move forward to examine and consider what they have received to help inform their recommendations. The panel’s findings will be submitted to government at the end of the review period.

Advisory Panel Members

Brenda Abrametz

Brenda Abrametz was appointed Board Chairperson of the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority Board of Directors in 2013, after serving as Vice Chairperson since 2009. Ms. Abrametz is a local business owner in Prince Albert and also manages two other small business offices. Ms. Abrametz is also a board member and treasurer with the North East Regional Appeal Board and the Northern Golf Classic. Ms. Abrametz will be stepping down as Board Chairperson during the review.

Tyler Bragg

Tyler Bragg has extensive experience in a variety of health related portfolios including several years as Chief Financial Officer for Cypress Health Region. He was appointed as Chair of the Cypress Regional Health Authority in 2008 and served in that role for eight years. He helped the health region achieve balanced budgets annually and played a key role in securing provincial approval on major construction projects in Swift Current and Maple Creek. Mr. Bragg also served as Vice Chair of the provincial Governance Council and Chair of the Regional Health Authority Chairs Forum. He also served on a number of provincial health organizational committee holding a variety of responsibilities. Mr. Bragg is co-founder and managing partner of Pinnacle Financial Services where he currently specializes in income tax planning and advisory services for small businesses, farms, corporations and trusts.

Dr. Dennis Kendel

Dr. Dennis Kendel is a family physician and a University of Saskatchewan medical graduate who has had a long and distinguished career in Saskatchewan health care. Dr. Kendel is Chief Executive Officer of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan and will be retiring on September 15. He has also served in leadership roles with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Medical Association. In 2004, Dr. Kendel was recognized for his commitment and involvement with quality improvement and efforts to transform health care in Saskatchewan when he was awarded the province’s highest honour, the Saskatchewan Award of Merit.