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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

— 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.

— Dec 15, 2021
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2021 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2021 is a new study that finds Canada’s health-care wait times reached 25.6 weeks in 2021—the longest ever recorded—and 175 per cent higher than the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking medical wait times. Before this year, the longest recorded wait time was 22.6 weeks in 2020. Atlantic Canada has the longest wait times in the country this year, and Ontario recorded the shortest wait time, which was still more than four months long.