President, Saskatchewan Health Coalition
455 2nd Avenue North
Dear Mr. Holmberg:
Thank you for the opportunity during this provincial election to address
the Saskatchewan Health Coalition on the topic of the quality of, and
accessibility to, the health support system in Saskatchewan.
The membership of the New Green Alliance believes in nine basic principles
which guide our values and policy in areas critical to human and ecological
well being. These principles include Ecological Wisdom, Social and
Economic Justice, Participatory Democracy, Personal Social and Global
Responsibility, Community Based Economics, Cooperation and Mutual Aid,
Respect for Diversity, Peace and Non-Violence, and Decentralization.
The NGA applies these principles and our policy to the questions that
you have raised:
1) What is your position and that of your party on retaining or altering
the current structure of regionally managed health authorities and
more specifically your position on elected versus appointed regional
An NGA Government will create a democratic participatory process for
an effective community voice in determining health policy at the local
level. The current structure of regionally managed health authorities
lacks the ability to have positive input and planning from the community,
and the NGA would restructure the governance structure to include a
boards that are 100% elected, and will stress the need for greater
public input into local decisions.
is your party's position within the debate of public versus
private administration, funding, and delivery of health care services?
Would you continue or reverse the trend to expand private for-profit
health services, including so-called "public-private" partnerships?
A New Green Alliance Government would ensure adequate public funding
is available to maintain the five principles of Medicare, and is opposed
to the privatization of health care services. The NGA would ensure
that health care services in Saskatchewan are publicly funded, publicly
administered, and publicly delivered to every citizen of Saskatchewan.
3) The National Health Forum in 1997 strongly advocated the inclusion
of presciption drug costs and home care in an expanded medical care
insurance program at the national level. Would your party support such
an expansion of medicare and what policies would you support or implement
provincially to improve these two service areas?
An NGA Government will support the inclusion of pharmacare and home
care in a renewed medicare program in Saskatchewan. The NGA also supports
the expansion of alternative medicine and dental care. All these programs
would be publicly insured.
your party support altering or phasing out the innefficient "fee-for-service" model
of health care delivery and a move toward a community-linked multidisciplinary
approach based on salaries for the management, administration and
delivery of services?
An NGA Government will support the transition to a salaried team of
health personnel, and supports the expansion of more community health
The NGA would like to make an important point regarding health policy
that is not addressed in this questionnaire. That is the NGA recognizes
that an effective health system requires that access to healthy air,
water, and food must be achieved for a healthy population. The NGA
supports preventative health care that considers social, economic,
and environmental factors.
Thank you once again for the opportunity for the New Green Alliance
to present our vision on health care during the election. We believe
that our responses will resonate well with the members of the Saskatchewan
Health Coalition. For more information, please check the NGAs election
website at www.votenga.ca and our main site at www.nga.sk.ca We look
forward to future correspondance with the SHC.
Leader, New Green Alliance
NGA candidate for Prince Albert Northcote