Testing Hanson's hypothesis about the uselessness of health care.

by JoshuaFox1 min read13th Jun 20201 comment


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Robin Hanson has hypothesized that much health care is useless, and that if we radically cut health care (just the part that looks most useless, or even at random), there would be no effect on health outcomes.

People have been staying away from clinics and hospitals in droves. So, are general outcomes generally worse, excluding Covid-19 itself?

Like all such natural experiments, there are confounders, like reduction in other infections diseases improving outcomes; and it is hard to isolate the effects of Covid-19. But overall, this seems like an excellent opportunity to test his hypothesis.