Transitioning to a Single Provincial Health Authority
On January 4, 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan accepted all of the recommendations of the Advisory Panel on Health System Structure and announced the province will consolidate the 12 existing Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) into a single Provincial Health Authority.
The move to a single Provincial Health Authority is being driven by a commitment to improve frontline patient care for people across the province. It is also expected to increase efficiencies and reduce duplication across the health system.
On May 8, 2017, it was announced that the name of the new provincial organization will be ‘Saskatchewan Health Authority’ and its head office will be located in Saskatoon. While the head office will be located in Saskatoon, jobs will continue to be located throughout Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority will have a distributed executive leadership model.
The Advisory Panel report recommends system-wide transformation to better coordinate health care services across the province, and improve access to high quality, timely services for Saskatchewan people.
One of the most significant components of the transformational agenda is the creation of a single Provincial Health Authority.
The first day of operations of the Saskatchewan Health Authority is still being determined, but is anticipated to occur in the fall of 2017.
Planning is underway to facilitate the creation of the Saskatchewan Health Authority – visit the transition progress page to learn more.
While many system-wide improvements will take considerable time, planning work is occurring to support and enable the Saskatchewan Health Authority to coordinate and implement these improvements.
The priority is to engage with the health system to plan for a smooth transition and ensure patients are always the focus.