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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

— 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.

— Nov 10, 2020
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Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2020

Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2020 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 the longest wait times.

— Aug 20, 2020
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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2020

The Price of Public Healthcare, 2020 finds that the typical Canadian family will pay $14,474 for public health care this year, and single Canadians will pay $4,894. The study, which reveals the health-care costs—paid in taxes—for Canadians, also measures the growth of health-care costs over time.