As the Saskatchewan Medical Association plans for their assembly in November, leaders met with Five Hills Health Region members last week to find out what their concerns are in the profession.
Dr Brandon Thorpe says the change to a single health authority sparked a good conversation but also some optimism that good things are coming in terms of sharing information.
"We're hoping that with the move to a single health authority (there will be) an integration and seamless sort of, hand shaking between the different aspects of the information technology and computer systems in health care... because right now it is not."
Right now, his office computers can share information within the building but that same information cannot be accessed at another doctors office.. For example, they might have to do x-rays a second time if the doctor can't get the patient file.
Another big concern right now is the federal governments new tax reform proposal. Like farmers, about 70% of doctors in Saskatchewan are actually considered small businesses when it comes to taxation. Thorpe says they don't have a benefits or retirement program since they are essentially entrepreneurs so any changes to tax laws will impact their day to day lives.