Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Doctors Worried about Delivering Services to Rural Areas of Saskatchewan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Doctors Worried about Delivering Services to Rural Areas of Saskatchewan

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Docs worried about services to rural areas

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SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's doctors are hoping the move to one provincewide health authority next month doesn't hurt rural communities.

Dr. Joanne Sivertson, president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, which represents 2,300 physicians, hosted a discussion alongside Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone on Friday at the SMA's fall assembly.

She and several other doctors in attendance highlighted the medical association's concerns.

"Physicians are hoping that we will gain the efficiencies that the ministry is hoping to gain with amalgamation," Sivertson said, "But we're of course always nervous that services will end up getting too centralized or that decisions will be made in urban centres that may impact rural communities in possibly negative ways. …

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