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Advisory Panel on Health System Structure

Appointing an Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel on Health System Structure was appointed on August 18, 2016 to review the current Regional Health Authority structure.

The Panel included three members:

  • Brenda Abrametz (Prince Albert), Chairperson of the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority;
  • Tyler Bragg (Swift Current), President and CEO of Pinnacle Financial Services, and former Chairperson of the Cypress Regional Health Authority; and
  • Dr. Dennis A. Kendel (Saskatoon), former Chief Executive Officer of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan (PRAS).

Advisory Panel Mandate

As part of the review, the Advisory Panel mandate included:

  • 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.

Public Input

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. During the formal feedback period, the Advisory Panel held consultations with key health system partners and stakeholders, including health region leadership, health providers such as physician leaders, provider unions and affiliates, Indigenous leaders and others. The Advisory Panel also received over 300 written submissions through an online form and by mail.

The Panel's Report and Recommendations

On January 4, 2017, the Advisory Panel presented its report to Health Minister Jim Reiter who accepted all of the report’s recommendations, and announced the province will begin work to consolidate the 12 existing Regional Health Authorities into one single Provincial Health Authority.

Read the Advisory Panel on Health System Structure Report.

Read the Advisory Panel's Recommendations.

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