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Premier Brad Wall unsympathetic to health regions seeking money

Regina looks for $21 million more for surgeries
Reported by Sarah Mills
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Premier Brad Wall is surprised to hear some of the Saskatchewan's health regions want more money to manage operations.

With a budget that now tops $1 billion, the Saskatoon Health Region is still predicting a $33 million deficit.

Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is seeking a further $21 million in order to meet the new surgical wait time targets set by the government.

Speaking at an event in Saskatoon Thursday, Wall responded by saying RQHR needs to take a serious look at its operations.

"They had the same objectives around the surgical wait times initiative that every other region did. And every other region is meeting those objectives, and Saskatoon is close, so I think that region needs to look at efficiencies."

With Saskatchewan's population continuing to grow, it has been commented that more money needs to be given in order for the regions to meet that increased demand.

Wall doesn't think that is the case.

"The population's not growing, it's growing at a healthy rate, but it is not growing at almost four per cent a year, and in the case of health care in our first term most of the operational increases were much higher than that."

Wall maintains that he can make a strong case that his government is funding to proper levels but other levels of government need to start find efficiencies and operate in a more effective way.

Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee.