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With a number of changes coming to the health care profession, the Saskatchewan Medical Association met in Moose Jaw Thursday evening with their local members.

Vice President, Dr. Siva Karunakaran, said the proposed Liberal Tax Reform and transition to a single health authority were two of the major topics of discussion.

"We have a representative assembly coming up in November, the first weekend. We will bring up what was discussed here and then we also will have a board meeting. Everything will filter back to the board and the board will work on the concerns and what to do with them."

He added that the policy has been a topic of choice at many of their meetings this fall.

"The Canadian Medical Association has been working hard and we did our part with the provincial government, we feel we were heard by the government and they understand our worries."

Since a lot of doctors are self incorporated and run their own offices, they are actually considered businesses, and as a result the proposed Liberal tax reform could have a major impact on their situations, similar to local farmers.

"The main topic that people were interested in talking about was the proposed federal tax changes that has of course been a concern for members... we are also in negotiation with the government, our contract has expired, so we will be talking about that and giving them an update on where we are."

However, with the new Saskatchewan Health Authority developing and officially beginning on December 4th, they are calling for more physician leadership as the change over continues, saying it would be a way to build a more efficient health care system.

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