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Not long ago I was referred to a doctor who I took an instant dislike to.

I questioned the doctor on the amount they wanted me to pay, before looking at my file.

The doctor walked out, and I left the surgery.

After a few days when I had settled down I sent the doctor a letter… 

Dear Doctor,

I did not ask to see you, I was sent there because you or the system did not trust my doctor or thought my doctor (who I have every faith in) was thought to be unworthy of his diagnoses.

I first visited your office to put in some forms and was treated rudely and was told that they would ring me when you felt like seeing me.

After more almost 2 months I rang your office to see that the paper work was not misplaced. And was abruptly told “we will get to you when we are ready”. Not a confidence booster.

We eventually received a call and I was instructed to get a list of tests done, and you would see me. The letter also demanded $406 extorted from me.

I questioned the costs as it occurred to me that this was far beyond a fair and reasonable amount, but I would ask someone to justify it before I paid it as I may have been wrong.

So I thought I would test whether your office was run on medical or money principles.

Your face when I said (in jest) that I had no money to pay you answered my question.

You flew into a rant. “I was told that you were going to extort money from me”. Telling me that I had no right to be there without bringing the cash.

I had the money in cash in my pocket but when I asked you to justify your price you became indignant that I questioned you. I could only see ‘dollar signs’ in your eyes.

So I told you that I would pay you, using this week’s rent and you lost it.

You could no longer see any dollar signs coming from me, as an ongoing future cash cow. You looked down your nose at me as if I was peasant with the plague.

You very unprofessionally stormed from the room telling me to go away that you did not want to treat me, and told me ‘to go to the public system’.

You then ran to the back room and hid, like a spoilt child, until I was gone. As I said, very unprofessional.

Almost as unprofessional as having a snotty nose school kid carrying his school bag amongst the paying patients, in the waiting room.

Funny if you had reacted differently when I first suggested that I didn’t have the money.

If you had shown the slightest compassion, empathy or concern, or caring at all, really, I would have told you that I had the money in cash in my pocket.

But I was, and still am convinced that you are only interested in my money not my medical condition.

To that end, I will be checking with Medicare and Medibank to see if you made a claim for 15 seconds of your time.

If you have, I shall be informing them of this letter and the reason for it.

I will return to my doctor (who, as I have said before have the greatest respect for). He and I will have a good laugh and we go through the results of the tests, all of which I have had before.

The doctor and I will find another doctor. One that is interested in, people as patients, not for the depth of their pockets. Interested in our well-being not our wealth, in the caring, not the cash.

Because we certainly would not find it with you.


PS. I would not expect any sort of an apology, because your ‘kind’ never do.

Was it the right thing to do? Would your specialist walked out like this doctor did?

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David Perrott

David like many others of the time left school at 15 to get a job, to live, he was never very good at school anyway. After a struggle, his diverse career took him to many places, from Melbourne to Mt Isa, from Triabunna in Tasmania to Townsville, and many places in between. He is an internationally published author, but now he finds himself over 60, and contending with some hugely changed and challenging circumstances, that were inconceivable 5 years ago. He has recently published a coffee table book filled with stories and photos which can be purchased via his website

  1. Good on you! I can not imagine any professional offering their services would behave like this if you questioned their fees. Only in the medical field do you still find the dinosaurs that think they should be treated as a “god”. Fortunately not all of them behave like this, I hope.

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  2. More people should do that however it wont make any difference some of these Drs think they are above the rest of us humans but also you see those whom go above and beyond .line of duty.

  3. That sounds bizarre to me, but if you are unhappy with your doctor, find another one. I have a good doctor who see’s me when I make an appointment, he doesn’t decide when I am sick..I do

  4. I don’t believe this story – I think it’s fiction.

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    • why don’t you believe it I have met and heard of many arrogant doctors just like this-they don’t have to be pleasant even human there are plenty more sick people who will never question anything who think Doctors are Gods-and will just pay the money-I think all of you questioning this woman’s story are either drs or people who blindly pay these incredibly high fees without question to these greedy greedy heartless drs.

    • people have a right to believe in what they want Iris Castle and I don’t believe it either, it sounds made up

    • What rubbish Iris. I am not a doctor nor would I blindly pay exorbitant fees without question. The story just doesn’t ring true to me.

    • I can assure you Iris I am not a Doctor, neither do I pay high fees blindly, I just dont believe this story is true, It doesnt ring true and I dont believe it ,

    • I am not going to read over 60’s anymore
      I thought it would be a wonderful site without any of the squabbling rubbish you see on other posts.
      You three should grow up

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      • I am in total agreement with you. It is a shame that the same few spoil it for all the others and always bring politics into every topic.

    • Suzie Beirne if you want to stop reading these great posts then go but stop condeming others for having an opinion, if you ask me , you are the one that is childish

    • I can believe this story because a similar thing happened when my husband saw an eye specialist to remove a particle that our old gp didn’t have the eyesight to do himself. It took all of 30 seconds & when hubbie questioned the 1st consult fee & the extra charge for the 30 sec job the specialist reacted the same wAy with arrogant rudeness then hid in his back office where his staff were left to be rude too. The specialist fellow then wrote & complained to our gp for sending him someone who questioned his charges! The specialists partner had done the sAme thing for my husband only charged what Medibank refunded & pleasantly said it was simple & only took a second to do, on a prior occasion. He was awAy the second time my husband needed it doing & this happened.

  5. A similar incident within the past few months. My Husband needed to visit a specialist surgeon. He went on his own for the first visit was was upset when he came out. The next visit I insisted on coming with him. I soon found out why he was upset. The doctor spoke to him in an appalling and bullying way. My Husband has bipolar which had nothing to do with his current probs. I was furious and told the doc that his comments were inappropriate and that he was confusing himself with a deity when he was only a doctor. The doc was stunned and apologised, the remainder of time spent with him was very cool, but my Husband was treated with the respect he deserved.

  6. I’ve been to a number of specialists over the last few years and am appalled at the cost and what we are paid by Medicare. The gap is horrendous in some cases. For a bill of $1025 I received a little over $250.

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    • My wife recently went to see an eye specialist as part of her Diabetes management and was told she needed cataracts removed from both eyes to the tune of $1750.00 per eye we are pensioners and felt this charge was quite high and to top it all we would need to have the money up front. We have since made arrangements with the eye and ear hospital who have informed us that the same surgeons do the operation for free in the hospital.So why charge these exorbitant fees in the first place, we are now waiting to get the job done.

  7. Sounds like someone who agree’s with the medicare cuts made that up

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    • David Perrott4 hours
      I can assure you it is true, if you like and send you the name of the doctor.



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