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Yanick Labrie
Yanick Labrie

Economist

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)

January 4, 2016 | 11 min. 28 sec. | Normandeau-Duhaime (FM 93)

Interview (in French) with Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI, about Quebec's medical specialists who sure know how to enjoy the best of both worlds...

4 January 2016January 4, 2016
Toronto Sun, p. 15

Funding for medically required care remains almost completely public in Canada.

16 December 2015December 16, 2015
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.

15 December 2015December 15, 2015
quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/yanick-labrie, p. web

 The courts might soon make more room for the private sector in the funding and delivery of care.

28 November 2015November 28, 2015
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.

19 November 2015November 19, 2015
www.huffingtonpost.ca/yanick-labrie, p. web

There is great social mobility in Canada, both from one generation to the next and within individuals’ own lives.

9 October 2015October 9, 2015
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.

24 September 2015September 24, 2015
www.huffingtonpost.ca/yanick-labrie, p. web

Freedom and wealth creation.

22 September 2015September 22, 2015
www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/yanick-labrie, p. Web

The advantages of having a mixed public-private drug insurance system.

30 August 2015August 30, 2015
Ottawa Citizen, p. C5

The advantages of having a mixed public-private drug insurance system.

19 August 2015August 19, 2015

August 12, 2015 | 7 min. 34 sec. | Radio-Canada International

Interview (in French) with Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI, on the advantages of having a mixed public-private drug insurance system.

Link of interest: Do We Need a Public Drug Insurance Monopoly in Canada?

 

12 August 2015August 12, 2015

August 11, 2015 | 7 min. 30 sec. | C'est pas trop tôt! (Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI, on the advantages of having a mixed public-private drug insurance system.

Link of interest: Do We Need a Public Drug Insurance Monopoly in Canada?

11 August 2015August 11, 2015

August 11, 2015 | 7 min. 50 sec. | Normandeau-Duhaime (FM93)

Interview (in French) with Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI, on the advantages of having a mixed public-private drug insurance system.

Link of interest: Do We Need a Public Drug Insurance Monopoly in Canada?

11 August 2015August 11, 2015
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.

11 August 2015August 11, 2015
National Post, p. A09

The Quebec subsidized daycare system.

30 July 2015July 30, 2015
La Presse, p. 14

The Quebec subsidized daycare system.

29 July 2015July 29, 2015
The Globe and Mail, p. A11

The push for a national pharmacare system.

24 July 2015July 24, 2015
www.huffingtonpost.ca/yanick-labrie, p. web

Price controls and their consequences.

8 July 2015July 8, 2015
www.huffingtonpost.ca/yanick-labrie, p. web

Wealth inequality in Canada.

3 July 2015July 3, 2015
Montreal Gazette, p. A19

The timid health care reforms adopted in Quebec over the past decade.

8 June 2015June 8, 2015
Le Devoir, p. A09

The timid health care reforms adopted in Quebec over the past decade.

5 June 2015June 5, 2015
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?

4 June 2015June 4, 2015
www.huffingtonpost.ca/yanick-labrie, p. Web

The maple syrup monopoly in Quebec.

25 May 2015May 25, 2015
Montreal Gazette, p. 17

The benefits to be gained by entrusting pharmacists with greater responsibilities.

1 May 2015May 1, 2015
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.

30 April 2015April 30, 2015
National Post, p. A11

Four areas of the health care industry in Canada that are largely private and that work well.

17 April 2015April 17, 2015
La Presse, p. A17

Four areas of the health care industry in Canada that are largely private and that work well.

7 April 2015April 7, 2015
Montreal Gazette, p. A17

Four areas of the health care industry in Canada that are largely private and that work well.

3 April 2015April 3, 2015

March 31, 2015 | 11 min. | Dutrizac, l'après-midi (98,5FM)

Interview (in French) with Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI, on four areas of the health care industry in Canada that are largely private and that work well.

Link of interest: The Other Health Care System: Four Areas Where the Private Sector Answers Patients’ Needs

31 March 2015March 31, 2015
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.

31 March 2015March 31, 2015

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