A friend recently mentioned to me that the Australian health service charge a small percentage of the cost of drugs so as to avoid the wastage that may occur with free prescriptions. Are drugs wasted by patients? This could be a useful area of study that could influence policy, especially in light of calls for free prescriptions in England, to match those in Wales.
Academic studies may be just as important to improving society as any form of Democracy. Any majority could demand them through the Interactive Democracy process.