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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

— 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.

— Dec 10, 2020
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2020 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2020 is a new study that finds Canada’s health-care wait times reached 22.6 weeks in 2020—the longest ever recorded—and 143 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 21.2 weeks in 2017. 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.