Further to this post in which we say this:-
Before dealing with a specialist doctor, we strongly recommend, (and do it ourselves,) that you send them a letter by email along these lines – “I am, (sex, age and other personal details;) I have this or these problems, (blah, blah blah;) is helping people with these problems within your areas of expertise?; if not, is there anyone else you can recommend?; looking forward to hearing from you; yours etc. etc.”
One of our readers reports that, as someone in his 70s, he was suffering from the frequency problem that often seems to come to those who are getting older – he was having to get up 2 or 3 times a night to urinate, which made it harder to get a good night’s sleep. A GP, Dr BBB, he’d been using for 5 or 6 years and thought was quite good, gave him a referral to a Urologist, Dr AAA.
Before seeing Dr AAA, our reader says he sent an email to a few other urologists, not quite the same as the one described above, but similar, and got one email from one Urologist, who he’s since come to think is one of the best doctors he’s ever seen, saying, in effect, that there were lots of other things that might help, before considering surgery. But when he saw Dr AAA, he said, no, that surgery was the way to go. (Crucially, he was too unsophisticated at that stage to send Dr AAA an email, only to learn later that he’s probably never answered an email in his whole life!)
So what to do? What to do?
In the end he decided to trust his GP!!!
As a consequence:-
- He had surgery under a full anaesthetic which always has it’s risks.
- He spent 2 extremely uncomfortable days in hospital with tubes running in and out of him everywhere.
- He incurred expenses of over $6,000, including Dr AAA’s fee of $3,200 for less than an hours work, even after Medicare reimbursements.
- Most of all, he suffered severe damage – it’s permanent, it’s for the rest of his life, it can’t be reversed.
AND, as admitted by Dr AAA in writing subsequently, he still had the frequency problem exactly the same.
So has the GP, Dr BBB, shown any regrets or sympathy, responded to any complaints? Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha! He comes over as a complete and utter scumbag.