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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

— Dec 8, 2022
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2022 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2022 is a new study that finds Canada’s health-care wait times reached 27.4 weeks in 2022—the longest ever recorded—and 195 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 25.6 weeks in 2021. Prince Edward Island has the longest wait times in the country this year, and Ontario recorded the shortest wait time, which was still more than five months long.

— Nov 10, 2022
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Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2022

Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2022 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 longest wait times.

— 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.