BC Residents Will Wait For Surgeries While Saskatchewan Pays Premium To Buy Hospital Time For Sask Residents
"REGINA — Media reports coming out of British Columbia indicate the government there is in discussions with Premier Brad Wall to sell 400 hip and knee replacement surgeries to Saskatchewan over the next two years.
Government officials are quoted as saying the discussions are at a preliminary stage, but are supported by the B.C. ministry of health because Saskatchewan would pay a premium for the service and that would help the cash-strapped B.C. government use those additional dollars to reduce its own waiting list.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is expected to outline a number of possible measures today about how it may achieve the goal, outlined in the Throne Speech, to reduce waits for elective surgery to a maximum of three months within four years.
One of those measures might be to send people out of province, according to a ministry release.
However, Wall has previously indicated that his first preference is to secure services within Saskatchewan first as a more convenient alternative for patients."
"VICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. government is being accused of cutting surgeries while at the same time offering hip and knee operations to patients from other provinces. NDP Health critic Adrian Dix says thousands of elective surgeries have been cancelled across B.C. because of spending restraints by the provincial government, and yet the province has surgical openings for non-B.C. patients.
He accused the Liberals during question period of auctioning off surgery spots to the highest bidder while B.C. patients languish on waiting lists. But Health Minister Kevin Falcon says B.C.'s medical expertise in hip and knee replacements has cut waiting lists for those operations by half and allowed B.C. to offer the service to other provinces. He says other provinces pay a premium, and that provides money for more operations in B.C."
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