By Don Davies, MP
Published in The Hill Times
It is now a truism that while COVID-19 caused many problems, it exposed others already there. One of the latter is the dangerous erosion of capacity in our public health-care system which began long before the pandemic struck.
Decades of underfunding and neglect have impeded access to care and undermined our ability to respond to an emergency like COVID-19. This has placed tremendous strain on our health-care system, resulted in millions of delayed surgeries and diagnostic procedures, and pushed frontline workers to the edge of their capacities.