Clearly there’s room for better medical studies. Especially non drug studies. This article advocates more randomized testing of healthcare procedures.
We cant just rely on using health practices that make common sense. As the ER study showed, access to insurance doesnt reduce ER visits. We’ll also learn things such as palliative care for cancer patients not only makes them happier and more comfortable than typical life prolonging hospital care, it actually lets patients live longer with a better quality of life. Counterintuitive, but most likely true as shown in a recent randomized study.
NYTimes: How to Arrive at the Best Health Policies