REGINA – Access to health care, wait lists, and too few doctors top the concerns for people in Saskatchewan after a survey was conducted by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS).
This is the fourth year that HSAS has conducted their survey on healthcare under staffing.
Another major component of this year’s survey involved asking if people agree with the following statement:
“Saskatchewan health care employers have chosen to under-staff specialized healthcare professionals in order to control budgets. this trend has meant growing wait lists for many important health care services.”
The breakdown of how people responded to one of the key questions in this year’s HSAS survey Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan
The breakdown of how people responded to one of the key questions in this year’s HSAS survey
Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan
Eighty per cent of respondents said that they agree that under staffing is an issue. HSAS President Karen Wasylenko said this is evidence of chronic under staffing.
“I think what the message here is that the public is frustrated with the ongoing health care service delivery, and how they’re not getting the access to the service that they need,” she explained.
The survey collected responses from over 1,000 randomly selected people across the province. Data gathered was weighed by age and gender, and has a margin of error of three per cent.
The HSAS represents over 3,700 health care professionals in 30 specialized fields including EMS, addictions, and pharmacists.