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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

— Oct 16, 2018
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Provincial Drug Coverage for Vulnerable Canadians

Provincial Drug Coverage for Vulnerable Canadians finds that every province already provides prescription drug coverage to help Canadians—particularly seniors and lower-income Canadians—pay for pharmaceuticals. Crucially, provinces are able to establish prescription drug plans to suit their particular priorities, population age, income levels and other factors, which differ from province to province. This customization would likely be lost or at least diluted if Canada adopts a national pharmacare program.

— Jul 31, 2018
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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2018

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2018 finds that a typical Canadian family of four will pay $12,935 for health care in 2018. After adjusting for inflation, that’s an increase of 68.5 per cent since 1997, the first year estimates could be calculated. For single Canadians, health-care costs have more than doubled over that same time period—from $2,115 (in 2018 dollars) to $4,640 this year.

— May 23, 2018
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The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2018

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2018 finds that Canada’s long wait times for medically necessary treatments cost Canadians $1.9 billion—or $1,822 per patient—in lost wages and time last year. Including the value of lost time outside the traditional work week—evenings and weekends—the estimated cost of waiting jumps to $5.8 billion.