Nipawin - March 21, 2001 - by: Mario deSantis


Former health minister Louise Simard released the paper "A Saskatchewan Vision for
Health(1)" as the blue print for the impending health reform. We know that her reform
turned Saskatchewan Health to become the "Mississippi Burning of the Year 1964(2),"
and that the most valuable contribution of this paper vision was the reference to the 'on
the other hand' definition of health by the World Health Organization. I quote this
definition of health as mentioned in the first page of Louise Simard's paper vision:


Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social
well-being and not merely the absence of disease or
infirmity. It is the extent to which an individual or group
is able, on the one hand, to realize aspirations and satisfy
needs, on the other hand, to change or cope with the



of health

So, after spending few million dollars, One-Man Commissioner of Health Ken Fyke
has rediscovered this definition of health among the mountains of paper he has
accumulated in the course of his health research. In fact, Fyke has recently stated that


bigger health budgets may actually undermine people's health.
That's because health care spending is putting the squeeze on
other programs, such as education, environment, economic
development and housing(3).




Congratulations to Ken Fyke for rediscovering the simple whole truth that our health is
more than spending more health money.
  List of relevant political and economics articles


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




Saskatchewan Health Care: Mississippi Burning of the Year 1964, by Mario deSantis, February 25, 2000




More money won't fix health care: Fyke, CBC Saskatchewan, March 20, 2001