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Premier named co-chair of working group

Premier Darrell Pasloski is taking over as co-chair of the premiers’ health care innovation working group along with the premiers of Alberta and Ontario.

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Pictured above: DARRELL PASLOSKI

Premier Darrell Pasloski is taking over as co-chair of the premiers’ health care innovation working group along with the premiers of Alberta and Ontario.

The new leadership for the group was announced last week at the Council of the Federation meeting held at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

“I am pleased to accept the role of co-chair with Ontario and Alberta,” Pasloski said Friday. “Since this group was formed 18 months ago, it has had several successes including bulk purchasing efforts and work to develop clinical best practice guidelines.”

A pharmacist by profession, Pasloski said he brings an added perspective to the work of the health care innovation project.

“The other important thing about this is recognizing that the Yukon is ready from a maturation perspective to step up and play such a big role in terms of leadership,” he added during an interview.

Moving forward the working group will focus on three key issues affecting health care in Canada.

On generic and name brand drugs, Pasloski noted there’s work underway comparing what Canada pays for generic drugs versus other countries, as well as work to negotiate better prices for name brand drugs.

In the next 20 years, Canada’s population demographics will shift so that close to a quarter of the population will be seniors, Pasloski noted.

Providing sustainable care for that sector will be a challenge and requires planning.

“There’s a lot of work and opportunity for us to look at innovative ways to deliver health care for seniors but in a sustainable manner, so that will be a focus,” he said.

The working group’s third focus will be “appropriateness,” Pasloski said, meaning essentially that the care being provided is the most appropriate care for the situation.

Other important aspects will involve examining the role of health care professionals such as paramedics and pharmacists and perhaps expanding their role as health care systems transition to a more collaborative approach.

The Yukon has already completed some of this work, Pasloski noted. He pointed to the nurse practitioners legislation passed during the last fall sitting of the legislature.

Energy was among the key issues dominating the premiers’ talks.

Pasloski said he loves to share the Yukon’s energy statistic that 95 per cent of the territory’s electricity stems from hydro electricity, including even the communities run entirely on diesel.

“Today, we’re getting to the point where we’re running out of that hydro capacity,” he said.

“We need to now start to have that conversation about creating new hydro energy, a new dam in the Yukon,” he said.

“We have in place a lot of the pieces that we need in terms of economic growth; we have access to all year-round, ice-free deep water ports, we have road infrastructure of about 5,000 km and we have an electrical transmission grid that spans a large portion of the territory.

“What we need now going forward is access to green, renewable, affordable hydro-generated electricity which will create opportunities for economic growth in the territory,” he said.

Pasloski shared his vision that the territory will one day become a net contributor to Canada.

Other topics of interest discussed at the meeting were infrastructure, jobs and investments in skill development, immigration, international trade and conversations that will continue at the federation’s next meeting this fall.

Pasloski also highlighted the decision to include the territories in the chair rotation for the first time since the council was created in 2003.

The territories will jointly host and chair the 2016 meeting.

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June Jackson

Jul 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

The problem with the people that get to make the decisions that alter life as we know it, is none of them are competent to do so. 

They are elected by popular vote.. do I know Darryl? yup.. so I voted for him. Did I know Doug? yup.. did I vote for him? Couldn’t buy my vote for that one.. did I vote for anyone because they had a degree in Economics? No.. a degree in Health Administration? No..  In fact I don’t think a single one of our Ministers is actually competent to make decisions in their portfolio’s. I think they rely on hiring people with the educations and then taking their advice..or not.

Darryl is up there talking about energy, seniors and health care, etc. How many people have to travel with him so he can sound like he knows something?  Fill a prescription Darryl, you’re out of your depth on this council..but hopefully your co-chairs will be better versed.

Denise G

Jul 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Please do not accept the lie that generic drugs are as good as the original.  Doctors know it, pharmacists know it, big pharma knows it.

melba

Jul 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Passing legislation allowing Nurse Practitioners to start working to their full capacity in the Yukon is the best thing the Yukon Party government has done to date, in my eyes.  I give credit to the other MLA’s as well, who helped to pass this legislation. 
NP’s are cheaper than GP’s, and according to a little bit of reading I have done they have better health outcomes than GP’s.  They can and do open private practises, can write prescriptions, order and perform diagnostic tests, etc. 
I would like to see the Yukon fund several more positions for NP’s right now, to take the pressure off the doctors and to provide those 1500 Yukoners with a primary care health provider right now.  Next I would like to see the federal government/provincial governments double the number of spaces in medical school so that in 5 years or so we will be over this ‘doctor shortage’.

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