Health & Safety

Health and safety are top priorities for both the Saskatchewan government and the City of Saskatoon.

The provincial government is working hard to decrease wait times for surgery – while remaining focused on providing safer, smarter care that puts the patient first.

The city’s crime rates have been on a steady decline for the past decade, and our neighbourhoods are being planned and designed with safety in mind.

Saskatchewan Health Services

The Ministry of Health supports residents in achieving their best possible health and well being. They provide funding and support to each regional health authority throughout the province.

The Saskatoon Regional Health Authority governs the largest health region in the province – serving over 318,000 local residents in more than 100 cities, towns, villages, rural municipalities and First Nation communities.

The Saskatoon Health Region provides services and programs in more than 75 facilities, including 10 hospitals, 29 long-term care facilities, numerous primary health care sites, public health centres, mental health and addictions centres, and community-based settings.

The Saskatoon Health Region’s website offers a directory of all hospitals and health facilities in within its boundaries.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health website provides helpful information about eligibility for health coverage and how to obtain a Saskatchewan health card.

Find a Doctor

Finding a family doctor is relatively easy in Saskatoon. The Saskatoon Health Region’s website provides a list of doctors who are currently accepting new patients.

If you need to see a doctor before you’ve found a family doctor, the city has a number of walk-in clinics available. Simply do an online search or refer to your Yellow Pages directory for a list of walk-in clinics near you.

Looking for a specialist? The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative’s online Specialist Directory can help you and your referring physician learn about what specialists are practising, what procedures they perform and approximately how long their wait times are.

Health Coverage and Insurance

Saskatchewan is proud of its history in health care – in 1962 our province became the birthplace of medicare.

Our publicly-funded, publicly-administered health care system includes a wide range of services to meet the needs of Saskatchewan’s people. The Ministry of Health provides a comprehensive directory of coverage provided to residents with valid health coverage.

Many employers in Saskatchewan provide private health insurance to cover additional health needs not covered by the province’s health benefits, such as dental, eye care and prescription drugs. If you don’t have coverage with your employer, or you’d simply like to fill in any coverage gaps, you can purchase insurance with an insurance provider.

Insurance providers

Saskatchewan Blue Cross

Desjardins

Manulife

Safety

Saskatoon’s crime rate has been steadily decreasing for the past several years. A recent study conducted for the city found that, overall, people feel safe here. Of those surveyed, 88 per cent reported feeling safe while walking or cycling in public areas.

Always looking for ways to improve safety, the City of Saskatoon has adopted the principles of Safe Growth and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). Information about CPTED and helpful brochures on neighbourhood and home safety can be found on the city’s website.

In Saskatoon (or anywhere in Saskatchewan) dial 911 for police, fire or medical emergencies when immediate action is required: a life or property is in danger, a crime is in progress, or you have a medical emergency.

Saskatoon’s security and protective services include:

Saskatoon Police Service – The Saskatoon police service employs 650 staff who currently work out of nine locations throughout the city. A new, centralized headquarters in the downtown core is currently under construction with an expected completion in late 2013.

Fire and Protective Services – The City of Saskatoon operates nine fire stations with a team of 260 firefighters and officers. Twelve dispatchers work in shifts around the clock to maintain a high standard of response in emergency situation.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) – In Saskatchewan, the RCMP is responsible for preventing and investigating crime involving federal, provincial and municipal statutes; maintaining order; enforcing laws; contributing to national security; ensuring the safety of state officials, visiting dignitaries and foreign missions; and providing vital operational support services to other police and law enforcement agencies.

MD Ambulance  - As a leader in Emergency Medical Services, MD Ambulance provides quality, pre-hospital care throughout Saskatoon. With over 100 paramedics, the company responds to more than 23,000 calls per year.

STARS Air Ambulance – The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) provides helicopter air ambulance service to approximately 90 per cent of the province’s population. Operating from a base at the Saskatoon airport, (with another base in Regina) STARS helicopters allow rescue workers to respond to emergencies in rural, remote and First Nations communities throughout Saskatchewan.