Improved cancer care, better access to medical services in Winnipeg, along with better buildings.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP took a few minutes last week to talk about how the province's new health care plan will help patients in the district.

"In areas like cancer care, you'll have a more coordinated approach, if some of the diagnostic or treatment element takes them outside of the region," he said, during Friday's media conference.

A move to more digital services will also help, along with the removal barriers for service in Winnipeg, Rickford says.

"We're a long way away from Toronto, so some of our services take place in Winnipeg. So, we've got that, and I'm working through how that would happen for patients under this model, and I don't see any barriers," the minister added.

Patients in the district will also see improvements to facilities in Dryden and Kenora, Rickford noted.

At any given time, roughly 25 per cent of patients at the hospital in Dryden are waiting for placements such as long-term care, home care or community care. Hospital staff have also seen a 46.4 per cent increase in mental health and addiction-related emergency room visits.

In Kenora, planners are looking to a new All Nations Hospital project to include First Nation partners, while providing a better building for medical professionals. The hospital will follow a similar model to that of the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout.

The first phase of planning for the new facility was approved by the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-term Care earlier this year. The planning phase is expected to take up to two years, and the hospital would take at least six years to build.

For more information:

Dryden hospital highlighting health-care shortfalls

All Nations Hospital addresses unique challenges, Nault

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