Dr. Morris Barer is a Professor in the Centre for Health Services and Population Health Research (CHSPR), and a member of the Advisory Board of Population Data BC, in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He was the founding Director of CHSPR, and served in that capacity from 1990-2002 and again from 2007-2012. He was the inaugural Scientific Director for the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, from 2000-2006. For many years he was an Associate of the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR, now CIFAR), co-editing two seminal volumes based on the Program’s work during that time. He holds a PhD in Economics and an MBA from UBC.
Dr. Barer’s current areas of research interest lie in health care financing, health human resource policy (particularly physicians), care arrangements for seniors, the disjunction between rhetoric and evidence in health care policy, and issues relating to access to timely care. He was the Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation lecturer in 2004, and the recipient of the Health Services Research Advancement Award in 2006. He was the founding treasurer of the Canadian Health Economics Research Association, hosted and chaired the inaugural conference of the International Health Economics Association, and served six years as a member of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Committee on Health Services, six years as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, and five years as a senior editor with the international journal Social Science and Medicine. During his term as a CIHR Scientific Director, he championed the development of the Canadian journal Healthcare Policy, and played a leadership role in the establishment of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR). Dr. Barer is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and Board Member and Treasurer for the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation.
Commentaries by Dr. Morris Barer
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