Yukon Health and Social Services reports that 14 out of 76 “Putting People First” recommendations have been completed

The Yukon government has released its first annual “Putting People First” report update.

Putting People First was a review of the Territory’s health and social services program that was released in 2020. It made 76 recommendations to reform the system.

The report, released on November 23, shows that 14 recommendations have been consolidated with 39 more in the process of being implemented. The remaining 23 did not start.

Among those implemented:

  • improvements to the Territory’s medical travel benefit program including doubling benefits;
  • Reducing pharmacy profit margins and fees;
  • recruitment of additional nurse practitioners;
  • Create a new medical travel and care coordination unit to streamline care across programs and providers;
  • strengthening services in long-term care homes to better support First Nations residents and their families;
  • Creation of an Evidence and Evaluation Unit with the mandate to support the health and social system;
  • and implementing comprehensive early childhood education across the territory.

One of the next steps under the recommendations would be the creation of a health authority, which the government described as “a key step towards implementing the changes requested by the Yukoners”.

Initial work has begun, with three names in mind: Health and Wellness Yukon, Santé et mieux-être Yukon, or Shä̀w Kwä̀ a, although the Minister of Health and Social Services referred to it as Health and Wellness Yukon in a statement. More information about the work in progress was requested, but not provided by the deadline.

“As we continue to implement the recommendations from Putting People First, we are working hard to implement transformation in our health and social services system to better meet the needs of all Yukoners,” Tracey Ann McPhee, Minister of Health and Social Services, said in a statement. . “Creating health and wellness in the Yukon is the next big step in achieving the transformative change that the Yukoners have demanded of us, and we look forward to sharing more information as this important work continues.”

Some recommendations that the government has not yet begun work on will see a client charter developed to enable clients to be more proactive partners in their care; facilitate UConners’ access to their personal health information via a secure portal; increasing the additional amount of the deficit to $325 to reflect inflation since 2005 along with indexing it for future inflation; and aligning housing initiatives for the Yukon government, among others.

Contact Stephanie Waddell at stephanie.waddell@yukon-news.com

Yukon Health and Social Services

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