Supporting Primary Health Care Services in Rural Communities

Year: 2006


Be it resolved that SUMA request that the Provincial Government adhere to the principle of providing access to Primary Health Care services in rural communities.

Provincial Response

Primary health care is the foundation of the health care system. It involves providing services through teams of professionals to individuals, families, and communities. Primary health care requires a proactive approach to preventing health problems and ensuring better management and follow-up once a health problem has occurred. We acknowledge that changing the health care system is a challenging task that takes time and unwavering effort. Providing access to Primary Health Care services in a rural community requires strong collaborative partnerships among multiple stakeholders, including all levels of government. The Government of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health are committed to primary health care that supports the development of primary health care teams in Saskatchewan. You may be interested to know that, as of January 1, 2006, there are 37 health care teams in the province. Of the 37 teams, 19 are located in rural communities. Our goal is that the entire population of Saskatchewan will have access to quality primary health care services by 2010.

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