JointHealth™ express   April 1, 2016

What are Saskatchewan candidates saying about arthritis?

The Saskatchewan provincial election is Monday, April 4.

As part of its government outreach activities and in the spirit of non-partisanship, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) asked political leaders to share their plan on how to meet the needs of Saskatchewan residents and improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care prior to the April 4 provincial election. To help Saskatchewan residents make an informed vote and to continue the arthritis conversation nationally, ACE has shared our Saskatchewan election campaign to our entire membership. Arthritis affects more than 150,000 Saskatchewan residents and costs the province more than $640 million in productivity losses.

To see the responses we have received thus far from political parties and candidates, please click here.

In the ACE survey, we asked:
  1. What will your government do to bring a standardized model of arthritis care for all Saskatchewan residents?
  2. What will your government do to improve the healthcare and lives of Aboriginals living with arthritis in Saskatchewan?
  3. What will your government do to improve the province’s ranking and ensure that Saskatchewan residents living with arthritis, with the help of the doctors who treat them, are able to choose the medication most appropriate for their specific disease and risk factors?
  4. How will your government establish and enact better prevention programs and healthcare guidelines to help reduce the direct and indirect costs of arthritis on the Saskatchewan economy?
The Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan has responded to ACE’s survey by highlighting their health agenda for this election – “removing the 14 health regions and returning to the command and control system with every health dollar scrutinized in the Legislative Assembly before it is spent by health management.”

In addressing question 2, the Saskatchewan Party “will continue to work with aboriginal groups, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders to ensure that access to medical services, including the treatment of arthritis, will continue to increase.”

Together, arthritis consumers have a powerful voice, but only if we use it. Please consider the parties and individual candidates’ healthcare platforms and what they mean for people living with arthritis. On April 4, 2016 VOTE FOR ARTHRITIS.