The Greedy Doctor Problem

Given the assumption that the doctor you’re consulting with is only concerned with charging you with as much money as possible, how do we make sure they’re diagnosing us correctly? This thought experiment by Jan Henrik Kirchner is called the “Greedy Doctor Problem”, but it deals broadly with how to reason with people smarter than you. How do we “solve” it? The most common (and successful) answer seems to be getting a third party to analyse the doctor’s diagnoses, checking to see if there’s a predictable pattern they’re following. Read full article here


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