Yanick Labrie
Yanick Labrie, Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, is a health economist and public policy consultant living in Montreal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Concordia University and a master’s degree in economics from the Université de Montréal.

Mr. Labrie’s career in health policy spans more than ten years. He has worked as an economist at the Montreal Economic Institute, the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO) and was a lecturer at HEC Montréal’s Institute of Applied Economics.

He authored or co-authored more than 25 research papers and studies related to healthcare and pharmaceutical policies. Many of his articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Ottawa Citizen, The Montreal Gazette, La Presse and Le Devoir, among other newspapers.

He is frequently invited to participate in conferences and debates, and to comment on economic affairs in the media. He has spoken at international conferences in Montreal and in Toronto on the lessons to be learned from Europe’s health care systems. He has been invited to give testimonies at numerous parliamentary commissions and working groups on a wide range of topics and has also done some work as an expert witness.

Entries by Yanick Labrie

Poverty in Canada Is Not a Life Sentence

(16) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 5:27 PM

The plight of the poorest members of a society is certainly a legitimate cause for concern. It's worth thinking about what more we can do -- and maybe, what we can stop doing -- to help the less fortunate earn a better living.

But the notion that there are a...

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World's Poorest Need Freedom Far More Than Charity

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 5:34 PM

The United Nations held its Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) in Ethiopia this summer. At the meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a "reboot" of development finance to fund the pursuit of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals that will take the place of the UN's expiring Millennium...

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Governments Should Not Set the Minimum Wage

(43) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Alberta's Jobs Minister Lori Sigurdson announced at the end of June that the new government would be raising the province's hourly minimum wage from $10.20 to $11.20 come October, taking the first step in fulfilling a campaign promise to raise it to $15 by 2018. According to a...

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There Are Too Many Misperceptions About Inequality in Canada

(41) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 5:13 PM

Inequality seems to be on a lot of people's minds these days, and not just because self-described democratic socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is beating on that drum in his campaign for the Democratic nomination. It's also a popular topic north of the border, and it promises to...

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Quebec's Over-Regulated Maple Syrup Industry Is Losing Ground

(1) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 12:13 PM

The plight of Quebec's maple syrup industry has caught the eye of Pierre Paradis, the province's agriculture minister, who put out a press release on May 15 ordering a study of the industry. While the province's share of global maple syrup production was 78 per cent ten years...

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It's Time to Overcome Private Healthcare Fears

(34) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:14 PM

I was glad to see Stephen Duckett, an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca and the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Health Services, speaking out this week in support of the private delivery of health care.

Admittedly, he did mention some potential risks having to do...

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Putting a Human Face to Health Care Waiting Lists

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Long waiting lists seem to have become a permanent feature of Canadian health care. But what are the effects of having to wait a long time for medical treatment? Is it just an annoyance, or are the consequences more serious?

A short documentary released this week by the MEI, entitled...

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Without Big Pharma, Many Useful Drugs Wouldn't Exist

(34) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 8:19 AM

It's hard to imagine, from the vantage point of the 21st century, what life was like before the advent of modern medicine. Among other things, the discovery and development of countless therapeutic drugs and vaccines over the past hundred years has literally transformed our lives. The scope of this progress...

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Private Health Care Could Benefit Canada

(32) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Health care is an issue that evokes strong emotions, which can sometimes lead certain commentators to console themselves with fine principles rather than adopt a pragmatic, results-based vision.

In an article published by the Globe and Mail on July 22, Colleen Flood, a University of Toronto law professor,...

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Would Politicians Make Good Goalkeepers?

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:49 PM

As hundreds of millions of World Cup fans around the globe are well aware, penalty kicks are extremely important. They often determine who wins or loses, as they did in the penalty shootouts in the Round of 16 that saw Brazil eliminate Chile, and Costa Rica eliminate Greece.

Given how...

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The Fight Against Cancer Just Took an Innovative Turn

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 5:18 PM

At an important conference in Chicago last June, over 25,000 doctors and researchers from around the world gathered to hear about several new breakthroughs in targeted therapies that will soon play a leading role in the fight against cancer.

These innovations will increasingly allow doctors to prescribe made-to-measure...

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Part 3: The Underestimated Benefits of "Me-Too" Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:14 PM

This is the third article of a three-part series.

Despite the considerable achievements of the pharmaceutical sector over the last century and the benefits that have ensued, these remain mostly underappreciated. Some analysts, for instance, continue to believe that spending on drugs is too high compared to the real advantages...

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Part 2: Paying Less for Prescription Drugs? Bad Idea

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:09 PM

This is the second article of a three-part series.

For the past few years, a proposal has been gaining favour with political decision makers as a way of containing pharmaceutical expenses, that of purchasing prescription drugs in bulk.

Last summer, during the meetings of the Council of the Federation,...

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Part 1: Drug Rationing Is the Wrong Prescription

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 3:33 PM

This is the first article of a three-part series.

In a recent opinion piece published in the National Post, I defended the thesis that adopting a national public pharmacare program in Canada would be misguided and counterproductive. Such a plan would not only fail to achieve the expected...

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The Nasty Side Effects of a National Drug Plan

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 8:25 AM

A conference was held a few weeks ago in Ottawa to discuss yet again the adoption of a pan-Canadian government-run drug insurance plan that would cover prescription drug costs for the entire population.

Supporters of such a plan maintain that it would be better able to contain...

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Who Suffers When Minimum Wage Increases?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Effective May 1st, the minimum wage in Quebec reached $10.15, a 25¢ increase. Nova Scotia and the Yukon raised their minimum wages a month earlier, to $10.30 and $10.54 respectively. Across the country, only Alberta, at $9.75, now remains below the ten-dollar mark.

The poor in...

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Hugo Chavez Left a Sad Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:01 AM

Media around the world have devoted a great deal of coverage to the death of Hugo Chavez, who passed away last Tuesday after losing his fight against cancer. His legacy as the President of the "Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" needs to be seen in the light of a

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Why the EI Program Should Become a True Insurance System

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:21 PM

The recent changes to the employment insurance (EI) system implemented by the Conservative government continue to fuel discontent in the eastern provinces of Canada. Under the new rules, frequent users of EI are now forced to accept -- in the worst-case scenario -- a job that pays 70...

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The High Cost of Low Prescription Drug Prices

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 7:58 AM

Drug shortages remain a source of headache for health professionals throughout the country. According to a recent survey conducted jointly by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Pharmacists Association and released earlier this month, as many as 94 per cent of pharmacists admitted having had difficulty obtaining a medication...

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The Swedish Secret to Public Sector Reform

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 11:37 PM

Work organization in the public sector across Canada has long been hindered by various forms of rigidity. Most of the working conditions of government employees continue to be negotiated centrally. The principle of seniority still occupies a prominent place in collective bargaining agreements. Public sector employees also enjoy...

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