Morris L. Barer is an Emeritus Professor in the Health Services and Policy Division within the School. He was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (one of the thirteen Canadian Institutes of Health Research). He was the founding Director of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at UBC, serving from inception in 1990 to 2001, and again from 2007 through 2012. Dr. Barer has served on the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Committee on Health Services, as senior editor for Health Economics with the journal Social Science and Medicine, as a member and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (and its predecessor the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation [CHSRF]).

Dr. Barer delivered the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation lecture in 2004, and was the recipient of the Health Services Research Advancement Award (from CHSRF) in 2006.  He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


  • Physician resource policy; patterns of use of physician services; implications of changes in methods of physician remuneration
  • Health human resources — scopes of practice, recruitment/retention
  • Access to care, wait lists and wait times
  • The effects of an aging population
  • Health care financing
  • Pharmaceutical policy (drug promotion and regulation)
  • Use of health care services, particularly by seniors
  • Health care “zombies” (seemingly obvious truths about health care that have no evidentiary basis, but persist anyway)
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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Barer M, Stoddart G, McGrail K, McLeod C, editors. An Undisciplined Economist: Robert G. Evans on Health Economics, Health Care Policy, and Population Health. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press; 2016.


Barer M, Engelhardt M, Hedden L, Mooney D. Contested Ground: Why are some policies healthy and others not? Conference Summary. Vancouver (BC): UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research; 2016.


Lavergne MR, Barer M, Law MR, Wong ST, Peterson S, McGrail K. Examining regional variation in health care spending in British Columbia, Canada. Health Policy. 2016;120(7):739–48.


McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis SJ, Peterson SL, Barer M, Garrison SR. Classifying physician practice style: a new approach using administrative data in British Columbia. Med Care. 2015 Mar;53(3):276-82.


Hedden L, Barer ML, Cardiff K, McGrail KM, Law MR, Bourgeault IL. The implications of the feminization of the primary care physician workforce on service supply: a systematic review. Hum Resour Health. 2014 Jun 4;12:32.


Barer ML, Evans RG, Hedden L. Two wings and a prayer: should Canada make it easier for Canadian doctors trained abroad to enter practice here? Healthc Policy. 2014 May;9(4):12-9.


Barer ML, Evans RG, Hedden L. False hope for Canadians who study medicine abroad. CMAJ. 2014 Apr 15;186(7):552.


McGrail KM, Lilly MB, McGregor MJ, Broemeling A-M, Salomons K, Peterson S, McKendry R, Barer ML. (2013). Health care services use in assisted living: a time series analysis. Canadian Journal on Aging. 32(2):173-83.


Sivananthan SN, Peterson S, Lavergne R, Barer ML, McGrail KM. (2012). Designation, diligence and drift: Understanding laboratory expenditure increases in British Columbia, 1996/97 to 2005/06. BMC Health Services Research, 12:472.


McGrail KM, Evans RG, Barer ML, Kerluke KJ, McKendry R. (2011). Diagnosing senescence: Contributions to physician expenditure increases in British Columbia, 1996/97 to 2005/06. Healthcare Policy 7(1): 41-54.


Sutherland JM, McGrail KM, Law MR, Barer ML, Crump T. (2011). British Columbia Hospitals: Examination and Assessment of Payment Reform. BMC Health Services Research 11(1):150.


Sutherland JM, Barer ML, Evans RG, Crump T. (2011). Will paying the piper change the tune? Healthcare Policy, 6(4): 16-24.


Hanley G, Morgan S, Barer M, Reid R. (2011). The redistributive effect of the move from age-based to income-based prescription drug coverage in British Columbia, Canada. Health Policy doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.12.005.


Koehoorn M, McLeod CB, Fan J, McGrail K, Barer M, Côté P, Hogg-Johnson S. (2011) .Do private clinics or expedited fees improve wait- or return-to-work times for injured workers following knee surgery? Healthcare Policy. 7(1):55-67.


Evans RG, Barer M, Schneider DG. (2010). Pharaoh and the Prospects for Productivity in HHR. Healthcare Policy 5(3): 17-26.

Not currently accepting new Ph.D. students for supervision (though will serve on committees). Will supervise Masters students who are contemplating theses in areas of common interest, such as:

  • Physician resource policy
  • Health care financing
  • Health human resources research
  • Analysis of changes in patterns of hospital, home care, or physician services utilization
  • The discordance between commonly known ‘truths’ about health care, and research evidence


  • Exit Strategies – The Timing and Impacts of Physician Retirements