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Bacchus Barua

Associate Director, Health Policy Studies, Fraser Institute

Bacchus Barua is Associate Director of the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Health Policy Studies. He completed his BA (Honours) in Economics at the University of Delhi (Ramjas College) and received an MA in Economics from Simon Fraser University. Bacchus has conducted research on a range of key health care topics including hospital performance, access to new pharmaceuticals, the impact of aging on health care expenditures, and international comparisons of health care systems. He also designed the Provincial Healthcare Index (2013) and is the lead author of The Effect of Wait Times on Mortality in Canada, and Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada (2010–2014).

Recent Research by Bacchus Barua

— Nov 10, 2020
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Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2020

Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2020 is a new study that compares the performance of Canada’s health-care system to its international peers. The data shows that despite Canada being among the most expensive universal-access health-care systems in the OECD, the country has some of the lowest numbers of doctors, hospital beds, medical technologies, and the longest wait times.

— Aug 20, 2020
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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2020

The Price of Public Healthcare, 2020 finds that the typical Canadian family will pay $14,474 for public health care this year, and single Canadians will pay $4,894. The study, which reveals the health-care costs—paid in taxes—for Canadians, also measures the growth of health-care costs over time.

— May 7, 2020
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The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2020

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2020 is a new study that finds long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians almost $2.1 billion in lost wages and productivity last year-costs that could increase now that many provinces have postponed elective (or scheduled) surgeries as a result of COVID-19. Crucially, more than one million Canadian (1,064,286) patients waited for medically necessary treatment last year, and each lost an estimated $1,963 (on average) due to lost wages and reduced productivity during working hours.