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Yanick Labrie holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Concordia University and a master's degree in economics from the Université de Montréal. Before joining the MEI, he taught economics at CEGEP St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and lectured at HEC Montréal's Institute of Applied Economics, from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that, he was economist at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO) from 2004 to 2006. He has authored numerous policy papers and is also frequently invited to participate in conferences and debates, and to comment on economic affairs in the media. Many of his articles have appeared in the National Post, The Gazette, The Province, La Presse and other newspapers. Yanick Labrie left the MEI in December 2015. (High resolution photo)
Economic Note showing that funding for medically required care remains almost completely public in Canada, unlike in the rest of the OECD
Is the responsibility for financing health care services being increasingly entrusted to private actors? Is there more private sector funding of care here than in Europe, as some maintain? Contrary to what certain commentators declare, we are not witnessing the gradual privatization of health care funding in Canada. This Economic Note demonstrates that this is a myth, at least when it comes to medically required care, which forms the core of our health care system.
Research Paper describing how the courts might soon make more room for the private sector in the funding and delivery of care, and how this would benefit patients without threatening universality
Canadian patients still have very few options when it comes to health care services. The provision of care that is considered medically required remains largely monopolized by the public sector in each province. The role of private health insurance is limited solely to the coverage of services not insured by the public system. This Research Paper examines the legal challenges aiming to change Canada’s health care policies.
Economic Note showing that there is great social mobility in Canada, both from one generation to the next and within individuals’ own lives
The fate of the poorest members of our society is rightly a recurring subject of concern in economic debates. Certain statements commonly heard can, however, give the impression that there are a lot of low-income people in Canada, and that for the majority of them, poverty is a permanent state. This perception is actually contrary to the observed facts. As we shall see, the results of the available research are clear: Social mobility is high in Canada.
Economic Note explaining the advantages of having a mixed public-private drug insurance system
In the last few months, the issue of drug insurance has returned to the forefront of public debate in Canada. Some of those speaking out on the topic have suggested replacing the current mixed public-private system run by the provinces with a fully public national pharmacare plan to make sure everyone is covered and to reduce costs. But this type of plan risks harming Canadians by limiting their access to drugs.
Viewpoint evaluating the timid health care reforms adopted in Quebec over the past decade
Ten years have passed since the Chaoulli decision, handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2005. The highest court in the land ruled then that when the government is unable to offer access to needed care within a reasonable time frame, the prohibition against purchasing private health insurance is a violation of the right to life and security of patients and runs counter to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. How have waiting times in Quebec’s public health care system evolved since the Chaoulli decision?
Economic Note explaining the benefits to be gained by entrusting pharmacists with greater responsibilities
While Quebec’s public health care system struggles to respond adequately to the needs of patients, and the cost of the system continues to rise rapidly, expanding the role of pharmacists in offering front-line services is without a doubt a step in the right direction. These increased responsibilities are likely to improve patients’ access to care and lead to savings, which the public system desperately needs.
Research Paper describing four areas of the health care industry in Canada that are largely private and that work well
The recurring problems with which Canadian patients are faced, such as overcrowded emergency rooms and the inability of seeing a doctor when you need to, regularly occupy the front pages of our daily newspapers. In international rankings, Canada systematically finds itself at the bottom of the pack, among the countries where waiting times for health care are the longest. Yet there exists another health care system, an essentially private one that works well but that does not always get the credit it deserves.