Developing a Rural Health Strategy in Saskatchewan

Although all people living in Saskatchewan should have equal access to publicly insured healthcare programs and services, those living in rural areas may not be receiving the healthcare they need. With more than one third of the province's population living in rural areas, geographic location can be an important factor affecting health, healthcare and quality of healthcare, yet Saskatchewan does not have an integrated approach to addressing the healthcare challenges in these areas. An evidence brief and stakeholder dialogue were undertaken to help the province with its strategic planning process, and specifically to create a framework to address the problems underlying the current organization of rural healthcare in Saskatchewan. (Dialogue held June 17, 2010)