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Feds urged to negotiate new health accord for provinces

Defenders of Canada's universal health system are protesting the expiry of a federal-provincial funding accord.

The 10-year, $41-billion health accord struck in 2004 expires Monday. Canada's Health Transfer to the provinces and territories will grow by six per cent every year until 2017. After that, increases are tied to the growth of the economy and they do not have conditions attached. 

Seeking health care equality for transgender community

As activists gear up to celebrate Transgender Awareness Week, an often under reported issue for transgender residents is healthcare.

The topic was one of many discussed by residents, policy makers and politicians at a packed panel discussion at the Avenue Community Centre (ACC) on Friday.

Saskatoon Health Region mental health and addiction services worker Jai Richards said issues for transgender people can start as soon as they enter the waiting room.

Program aims to get more Regina girls involved in sport

Regina is just on the cusp of spring and as the snow melts and athletic fields emerge, spring sports will start to get under way.

Girls in the Game is trying to get the city's young girls in on those sports. The program, which began in 2008, is aimed at girls five to 12 years old.

"We focus on cooperation, friendly environments, welcoming environments and that way we can increase confidence, competence, and friendship," explained Chelsea Clifford, program manager with Girls in the Game.

Emotional hospital departure for Bozon family

It is with great happiness that Tim Bozon is being discharged from the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon after a remarkable recovery from meningitis.

The Kootenay Ice player and Montreal Canadiens prospect contracted the illness on March 1 after playing the Saskatoon Blades. He ended up in a medically-induced coma for nearly a month. In just three hours, he went from healthy to "almost a dead body."

SHR uses web series to look for health beyond hospitals

The Saskatoon Health Region hopes a new web series will help plan the city's healthcare future by looking beyond hospitals and clinics.
The Better Health for All: Health Status Reporting Series is an ongoing report about health factors within the city.
Using data from Statistics Canada’s Household Survey, the first of five reports looks at the city’s demographics including income, employment, education, housing, age and population growth to determine the health needs of the public.

Sask-based Lean consultant worried focus on patients slipping

We’ve been hearing a lot about the $40 million contract awarded to an American Lean consultant—especially the $40 million part. But one local consultant says we’re ignoring the most important part of the conversation.

“This whole discussion has turned into that $40 million discussion, rather than what are we doing for the patients, residents, clients of Saskatchewan,” said Dale Schattenkirk, CEO of Learning to See Consulting (LTS) in Regina.

City may review disclosure policy after near-drowning

The City of Regina has admitted it doesn't let the public know when serious incidents happen at swimming facilities.

Last week a four-year-old boy in a pre-kindergarten program was found floating face-down in the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre pool. According to the city's Chris Holden, CPR was used to resuscitate the child, who was then taken to hospital and ultimately transferred to Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital. the city says he seems to have recovered.

Autism service dog training centre opens in Saskatchewan

Sam Charabin smiles and says "tickle, tickle" as he gently touches four-month-old puppy Peanut at the Pawsitive Independence training centre.

Three weeks ago, 17-year-old Sam wouldn't go near a dog, now his mom is watching this puppy make its way into his world.

"It's quite obvious that he enjoys her company," Susan Charabin said.

Susan hopes this puppy will keep Sam safe and also give him independence.

Parents of kids with epilepsy want more pediatric neurologists

Imagine if your child had 20 seizures a day and you had no specialist to call. That's not far off from what some mothers experience in southern Saskatchewan.

“It’s a scary, scary thing. Your kid’s brain is firing off and you don’t know why,” said Jacqui Cameron.

She was part of a small contingent that descended on the legislature Wednesday, pushing for the province to hire more pediatric neurologists.

Cameron’s son Rylan has been to four different provinces to see eight different pediatric neurologists.

SHR aims to reduce ER wait times to five hours

The Saskatoon Health Region is aiming high this year with a plan to get nearly every emergency patient into a bed within five hours.

Their target is to have 85 per cent of patients who need to be admitted to hospital from emergency in the right bed within five hours, with the goal of completely eliminating wait times by March 2016.

“That’s one big hairy audacious goal,” SHR president Maura Davies said.

“That’s a provincial target and we have a lot of work to do this year to get us to that ultimate goal two years from now.”

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