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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

— Sep 23, 2021
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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2021

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2021 finds that a typical Canadian family with an average household income of $150,177 will pay $15,039 for public health care this year, and that health-care costs have increased 177.6 per cent since 1997 compared to a 109.9 per cent increase in average incomes.

— May 13, 2021
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Timely Access to New Pharmaceuticals in Canada, the United States, and the European Union

Timely Access to New Pharmaceuticals in Canada, the United States, and the European Union is a new study that finds Canadian patients are waiting, on average, more than 450 days longer than Americans and Europeans to access new, potentially life-saving drugs. That’s because pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to launch new drugs in Canada because of a number of factors including the smaller market size, weaker intellectual property protections, and the federal government’s strict pricing policies.

— Apr 13, 2021
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The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2021

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2021 is a new study that finds long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians almost $2.8 billion in lost wages and productivity last year. Crucially, the total median wait time in Canada for medical treatment was 22.6 weeks in 2020 - the longest in the survey’s 30-year history.