The Sask. Party is trying to prescribe another four years of “steady as she goes” for voters this election. But what does the same old, same old really mean when it comes to healthcare in Saskatchewan?
In the last few years:
- They’ve closed emergency rooms – in the middle of a pandemic.
- The Sask. Party’s American-style private MRI plan doubled the amount of people waiting for MRIs.
- Even before the pandemic hit, wait times for essential surgeries had already grown by more than 50 percent.
- Healthcare workers have been reduced in Regina and Saskatoon.
- They hiked the cost of long term care by more than 30 percent.
- They’ve let our hospitals crumble, with the bill for essential repairs growing to $3.3 billion.
- They jacked up the cost of prescriptions for kids and seniors.
- They’ve privatized lab testing that has led to long lines.
- Understaffing in provincial labs has led long waits for results during the pandemic.
If that’s steady as she goes, we’d hate to see what they’ve got in store for the next four years.
So far, the Sask. Party’s plan has been a tough pill to swallow for Saskatchewan families.