REGINA — Palliative care leave could be increased if the Saskatchewan Party returns to power in the April 4 election.
Leader Brad Wall is promising to extend leave to 26 weeks from eight for people caring for family members near the end of their lives.
The federal government recently extended employment insurance benefits for compassionate care to 26 week.
Speaking on the campaign trail in Regina, Wall said a re-elected Saskatchewan Party would also trim health authority costs by $7.5 million and allocate the savings to long-term care.
He also said a Sask. Party government would allow patients to pay privately for CT scans as long as a second scan was done for a patient on the public wait list.
The province already uses the "two-for-one" approach for MRIs.
"We are proud of our record in health care but we know there is more that needs to be done," Wall said in a release Thursday.
The Canadian Press