Health Minister Doug Currie wrapped up his province-wide tour in Summerside Wednesday night, with a promise to return more services to the Island.
Currie's tour has focused on planned changes in the care provided at rural hospitals, closing down acute care beds at many of them and converting them to long-term or extended-care beds.
He's been heavily criticized at every stop.
While there were no changes announced for Prince County Hospital in Summerside, there were still concerns expressed about the care offered there.
"My ask, and again I've asked it before, is to come up with a plan that says that in a couple of year's time, we're going to bring [services] back to P.E.I.," said Gordon Coffin of the Prince County Hospital Foundation.
Currie said the changes in rural health care will work towards that goal. Currently, the province spends $50 million on out-of province health care, and he wants that to change.
"We're looking at repatriizing services that are currently off-Island, and bringing those back to the Prince County Hospital. That's preliminary," he said.
The meeting also heard from people who had travelled in from rural areas to address their issues with the changes.
"Health care started to erode in this province when we took it away from the communities and the people," said Emerson MacDonald.
"If you run a business, and you want it to work, you go to work at it. The people have to own it to make it work."
Paulette Halupa described how a five-day wait in deciding which ambulance service should take her father-in-law to Halifax for surgery caused a delay that was described on his death certificate as a contributing factor.
"I'm afraid that my belief is that the dollar is much more important than the people," said Halupa.
"I believe that the whole process that's going on here is about which way can we save the most dollars so we can spend them in a way that we think is more important."
Currie said health care spending is not being cut, and services – such as an 811 telehealth advice line and rapid response paramedics – are being added.
With the public information meetings now wrapped up, the government is going to work on the details of the changes. Opponents say they'll continue to pressure the government to reverse them.