More money is a must, but health-care delivery also needs a major rethink, doctors say – CBC

Doctors say the pandemic broke a health-care system already functioning at full capacity

Jan 02, 2023

As the premiers and the federal government continue to battle over health-care funding, leading doctors and experts say that while more government money is needed, the way health care is delivered in Canada also needs to change.

The issue is dominating the national conversation now as patients find themselves let down by a shortage of doctors and nurses, overwhelmed pediatric hospitals and a backlog in necessary but elective surgeries.

The Children’s’ Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) recently had to accept staffing help from the Canadian Red Cross as it struggles with a surge in hospitalizations caused by respiratory viruses like influenza, RSV and COVID-19.

Alex Munter, CHEO’s CEO, said the hospital has just experienced its “busiest May, June, July, September, October and November” in its 50-year history.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary is facing a similar situation. It set up a heated trailer next to its emergency room as it continues to operate beyond 100 per cent capacity.

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