Front Burner

'Signs of collapse' and ways to fix health care

The Canadian health-care system is reaching a breaking point. Today on Front Burner, we talk with Dr. Brian Goldman about the biggest issues and possible solutions.
'Political differences must be put aside,' said the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions in a joint statement following the collapse of the health ministers' meeting. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

There's a lot of bad news in Canadian health care. We're still in the midst of a pandemic, RSV and flu season are hitting families hard and headlines across the country have been dominated by reports of staffing shortages, severe burnout, overrun emergency rooms and long wait times for surgeries. Front-line health-care workers and patients are raising alarms about a system breaking under pressure.

Dr. Brian Goldman is the host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art and CBC podcast The Dose. He's also an emergency physician in Toronto and has spent a lot of time thinking about the issues that plague the system. Today on Front Burner, Dr. Goldman joins us to talk about possible solutions and why some in the field are worried about a health-collapse, rather than a crisis.

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