Young, healthy and demanding blood tests: The Americanisation of Aussie patients

By Dr Elizabeth Oliver
Updated September 4 2017 - 3:12pm, first published 3:06pm
My patients want tests, sometimes we just need to talk
My patients want tests, sometimes we just need to talk

I remember a great scene from the TV series House. A woman suffering a mysterious seizure disorder presents to Dr House and says: "I wonder if you could run a complete blood count?" As though running the most basic blood test hadn't yet been thought of by anyone and as if ordering a test was the best use of television's greatest investigative medical genius.

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