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Rob Brown

Retired professor of actualial science, University of Waterloo; EvidenceNetwork.ca expert advisor; Past President, International Actuarial Association

Rob Brown was Professor of Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo for 39 years and a past President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

He is currently an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca, a comprehensive and non-partisan online resource designed to help journalists covering health policy issues in Canada.
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Why Australia's Pension Reform Won't Work for Ontario

Before we blindly adopt the Australian pension system as our own, we need to take several long moments in deep thought and contemplation -- and look at the evidence. Yes, you are able to invest as you wish. In fact, you are responsible for investing your dollars to achieve the highest rate of return available. Is this something for which you feel capable?
09/08/2015 06:00 EDT
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What I Learned About Our Healthcare System While Waiting for Hip Surgery

One week before my scheduled operation I was told that I had been bumped for a situation that presented a "higher level of urgency." They had just added almost eight weeks to my wait time for reasons that were opaque, at best, and without logic to me. Why did this happen? In the end, I got no real answers, only rumours about parental leave (nothing sudden or unforeseen about that) and other factors that may or may not have been part of the equation. So, beyond my personal experience, the real question is: Are Canadian wait times for hip replacement justified or could they be shortened?
08/28/2015 12:49 EDT
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The Pros and Cons of an Expanded Canada Pension Plan

A new report came out this week that reiterates what we've heard from other sources a few times now: Canadians aren't saving nearly enough for retirement. The Deputy Chief Economist of the CIBC warns that without pension reform now, younger workers today will see a steep decline in living standards as they retire. The Conservative government has recently announced it would like to have a dialogue with Canadians about a potential expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). While this, in itself, is a purely political action -- since it commits the government to nothing -- it is worth looking at what the possible outcomes might be.
06/12/2015 05:37 EDT
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The Shocking Truth? More Health Care Doesn't Mean Better Health

How much a society spends on health care has not been found to be directly related to any health outcome tested. A society that spends so much on health care that it cannot or will not spend adequately on other health-enhancing activities may actually be reducing the health of its population. If a country wants to see significant improvements in its population health, the best public policy is to eliminate poverty.
09/11/2012 07:44 EDT

Expanding CPP Is Easier Said Than Done

Had I suggested just 15 years ago that we should expand the Canada Pension Plan to provide larger benefits on a broader range of wages, I would have been laughed out of town. Prior to 1998, the CPP wa...
07/04/2011 12:46 EDT