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Publications

Where Are Patients Most Likely to Give Up and Go Home?

In which Quebec emergency rooms are patients most likely to return home without having seen a doctor? The “2020 Ranking of ER Overcrowding in Quebec” describes the situation over the past year and measures the evolution of the situation over five years using data obtained through a request for access to information, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Solutions to Help Restaurateurs

The physical distancing measures in effect to slow the propagation of the coronavirus are hitting the restaurant industry hard. An MEI publication proposes solutions to help the sector.

The Lessons to Be Learned from Past Pandemics

In addition to a health crisis, the coronavirus pandemic raises concerns about an economic crisis. While several commentators draw parallels with the Spanish influenza, this MEI publication analyzes the economic lessons that should be learned from this historical episode.

A Sound Competition Approach Supports Air Canada’s Acquisition of Air Transat

The Competition Bureau submitted its report on March 27, 2020 coming out against Air Canada’s proposed acquisition of Air Transat, which has otherwise already been approved by shareholders. While the airline industry is being battered by the coronavirus pandemic, this publication by the MEI shows that a dynamic understanding of competition mechanisms argues in favour of the transaction.

Time for Targeted Federal Coronavirus Stimulus

As COVID-19 continues to spread across Canada, a rising chorus is calling for expensive fiscal stimulus to fight its economic fallout. This MEI publication asserts that given already low interest rates, fiscal measures are the textbook response.

Budget Surpluses: Quebec Must Give Taxpayers Back Their Money

Quebec’s robust economic growth in recent years has allowed the government to record a surplus each of the past five budgets. Between the 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 fiscal years, Quebec accumulated budget surpluses totalling $21.3 billion, a strong argument for a personal income tax cut, shows this MEI publication.

The Sharing Economy: Destroying Jobs Won’t Help Low-Income Workers

Will Canada import California’s job-killing experiment and risk putting freelance work out of the reach of Canadians who need it? This MEI publication shows that forcing companies to consider freelance workers as employees could reduce these workers’ incomes and deprive many of them of this first rung on the jobs ladder.

Pharmaceuticals: Life-Saving Benefits That Pay for Themselves

Ottawa has the prices of drugs in its sights. On the one hand, it has made changes to the calculation method for the price ceilings imposed on drugs sold in Canada. On the other, the idea of national government pharmacare to replace the provinces’ mixed plans is still in the air. These ill-advised public policies could actually raise total health care spending, while threatening Canadians’ access to the best available treatments, shows this publication by the MEI.

Emergency Rooms: When Patients Leave Untreated

Last year, nearly 380,000 Quebecers—or over 1,000 patients a day—ended up leaving a hospital emergency room without having been attended to by a doctor, shows a publication launched by the MEI.

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