Nadeem Esmail

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Nadeem Esmail is a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute. He first joined the Fraser Institute in 2001, served as Director of Health System Performance Studies from 2006 to 2009, and has been a Senior Fellow since 2010. Mr. Esmail has spearheaded critical Fraser Institute research including the annual Waiting Your Turn survey of surgical wait times across Canada and How Good Is Canadian Health Care?, an international comparison of health care systems. In addition, Mr. Esmail has authored or co-authored more than 30 comprehensive studies and more than 150 articles on a wide range of topics including the cost of public health care insurance, international comparisons of health care systems, hospital performance, medical technology, and physician shortages. A frequent commentator on radio and TV, Mr. Esmail's articles have appeared in newspapers across North America. Mr. Esmail completed his B.A. (Honours) in Economics at the University of Calgary and received an M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Recent Research by Nadeem Esmail

— Apr 25, 2017
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2017

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Use and Public Attitudes, 1997, 2006, and 2016 finds that more than three-quarters of Canadians—79 per cent—have used at least one complementary or alternative medicine or therapy sometime in their lives, and Canadians are using those services more often, averaging 11.1 visits in 2016, compared to fewer than nine visits a year in both 2006 and 1997, when two previous similar surveys were conducted.

— Oct 27, 2016
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Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2016 finds that, among comparable countries with universal health care, Canada is the third highest spender but our performance ranks modest-to-low. Notably, Canada ranks 24 out of 28 countries for the number of physicians (2.59 per 1,000 people), and at the bottom for wait times.

— Nov 24, 2015
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For-profit Hospitals and Insurers in Universal Health Care Countries spotlights how six countries—Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland—make use of for-profit health care within their universal systems. It finds, that based on the experiences of these countries, for-profit hospitals and insurers are compatible with universal health care.