If money was no object, should you run every medical test?

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Why are some patients hard to diagnose? Surely you can just run every test - doctors refuse to because they don't want to spend money, right?!

Not quite. A millionaire patient asked me; if he was willing to pay, why not send off every possible test on him so we'd definitely find out what's wrong? It's a deceptively complex question.

So towards the end of a nightshift, delirious from sleep-deprivation and mainlining coffee into my jugular, I had a crack at explaining. Let me know what you think!

This video makes a nod towards Bayesian inference - arising from Bayes' theorem. Thomas Bayes is a towering figure in statistical analysis and continues to have a huge legacy in the modern world.

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