The province’s latest round of health reform, announced in December 2001, includes the amalgamation of 32 health districts into 12 regional health authorities, creation of primary health care teams across the province, formation of Canada’s first health quality council, and a major increase in health research funding. [...] In 1996, 11.4 per cent of Saskatchewan people were Aboriginal, compared to only 2.8 per cent of Canadians.4 Over 40 per cent of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal population was under age 15 in 1996, compared to 21 per cent of Saskatchewan’s non-Aboriginal population.5 Saskatchewan’s first wave of health reform occurred in 1992-93, with the conversion of small acute hospitals to community health centres [...] Page 10 A Picture of Health in Saskatchewan Between 1996 and 2000, the number of FPs/GPs and specialists increased in Saskatchewan. [...] This compares with 5.9 per cent in Ontario, the lowest provincial rate, and 9.6 per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador, the highest provincial rate. [...] Between 1994-95 and 2000-01, smoking rates fell by 1.8 per cent (from 29.4 per cent to 27.6 per cent) in Saskatchewan, compared to a 3.4 per cent drop in Canada overall, a 5.3 per cent drop in British Columbia, and a 4.4 per cent drop in Quebec.
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