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Bacchus Barua

Director, Health Policy Studies, Fraser Institute

Bacchus Barua is 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

— Aug 9, 2022
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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2022

The Price of Public Healthcare, 2022 finds that a typical Canadian family with an average household income of $156,086 will pay $15,847 for public health care this year, and that health-care costs have increased 210.3 per cent since 1997 compared to a 116.3 per cent increase in average incomes.

— Jun 7, 2022
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Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options

Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Cost-Sharing for Patients is a new study that finds Canada is only one of six (out of 28) industrialized countries with universal health-care that doesn't use any form of cost-sharing as part of the model, which can be used to incentivize more efficient use of scare health resources and potentially reduce wait times.

— Apr 20, 2022
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The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2022

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2022 finds long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians almost $4.1 billion in lost wages and productivity last year. Crucially, the total median wait time in Canada for medical treatment was 25.6 weeks in 2021—the longest in the survey’s history.