Louise Simard is the new CEO for SAHO

Nipawin - March 14, 2000 - by: Mario deSantis
either rural or urban The Health Care system is breaking down, and I can
tsee in he hiring of Louise Simard as CEO of the
Saskatchewan Association of Health
Organizations(1) (SAHO), a move for further
dividing our quality of health care as either rural or
urban. Simard took the credit for health reform in
Saskatchewan when as Minister of Health she
published the paper vision "A Saskatchewan Vision
for Health(2). " This paper vision formed the
framework for the ensuing health legislation and
the implementation of the so called Wellness model
of health.
closure of hospitals in rural Saskatchewan The Wellness model was responsible for the closure of hospitals in rural Saskatchewan, for the
drastic reduction of acute and long term beds across the province, and for the shortage of nurses.
You would have thought that with all this cutting of health resources the health system would be
more efficient and more economical, instead health care has turned into a gambling casino, it
absorbs 40% of the provincial budget, and the province has the second highest pro-capita health
expenditures among all the provinces(3).  
more autocratic No doubt that health care is mismanaged, and no doubt that the government has been the primary
source for such a disastrous situation. Health care districts were supposed to be independent
agencies, instead they have been puppets of both the government and SAHO. Louise Simard is the
present wife of Honourable Dwaine Lingenfelter, Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, and
her position of CEO for SAHO will create an additional political pressure leading to a more
autocratic governmental direction in health care.
centralized public health care This more autocratic direction is also supported by Minister of Health Pat Atkinson when she
stated that she would like to see fewer boards and fully appointed board members(4), and it is also
supported by many union members who have been demonstrating against private health care.
Saskatchewan has been the first province to turn health care to a gambling casino, and now, as a
reactionary move, I can see Saskatchewan to be the first province in implementing legislation to
make a new kind of centralized public health care to the detriment of rural Saskatchewan and
people at large. Louise Simard is a lawyer and she will certainly express her own "written word(5)"
to our autocratic bureaucracy.
  Quote by Donella Meadows "challenging a paradigm is not a part-time job. It is not sufficient to make your point once and then blame the world for not getting it. The world has a vested interest in, a commitment to, not getting it. The point has to be made patiently and repeatedly, day after day after day" ftp://sysdyn.mit.edu/ftp/sdep/Roadmaps/RM1/D-4143-1.pdf   http://iisd1.iisd.ca/pcdf/meadows/default.htm
  General reference: Articles by Mario deSantis published by North Central Internet News http://www.ftlcomm.com/ensign/authors/desantis.html


Simard taking over SAHO, CBC Saskatchewan http://sask.cbc.ca/ Web Posted | Mar 13 2000 2:18 PM


A Saskatchewan Vision for Health, The Honourable Louise Simard, Minister of Health, August 1992, Saskatchewan Health


PUBLIC FUNDING FOR HEALTH CARE STRONG IN SASKATCHEWAN, Government News Release, Health - 918, December 16, 1999 http://www.gov.sk.ca/newsrel/1999/12/16-918.html


The Saga of Health Reform: Pat Atkinson Wants Fewer Health Boards and Fully Appointed Boards, by Mario deSantis and reviewed by James deSantis, October 16, 1999


Pat Atkinson, the Shortage of Nurses and the Rule of Law, by Mario deSantis, January 26, 2000. In this article I implicitly describe the "written word" as a directive - just or not just- sanctioned autocratically by an authoritarian office