05/08/2012 01:30 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan government to spend $3.6 million to bolster primary health

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government is spending $3.6 million to improve primary health services across the province.

The cash will allow Regional Health Authorities to improve access to family physicians, nurse practitioners, midwifery and therapy services.

Health Minister Don McMorris says bolstering these services will help ensure patients get the quality care they need, when they need it.

Part of the plan will include establishing primary health service teams in eight different locations around the province.

They include: Yorkton, Meadow Lake, Lloydminster, Leader, Regina-inner city, Moose Jaw, Fort Qu’Appelle and Whitecap Dakota First Nation.

The Saskatchewan Medical Association is applauding the government's move.

“I am truly excited to see the vision for primary health care in Saskatchewan come alive,” Dr. Phillip Fourie, past-president of Saskatchewan Medical Association said.

“The physicians of the province also recognize that the evolution of quality improvement is grounded in the local needs and realities of individual communities.”