I saw a specialist (let’s call him “Dr X”) in 01.2021. He charged $460. I explained my symptoms and asked for them to be investigated. Dr X declined and instead began to Rx’d a benzodiazapine (tamezepan), which I declined. He then Rx’d a tricyclic antidepressant which he claimed works like a sleeping aid when taken in small doses. He handed me the Rx. I was not happy. He saw that and said 'well in that case, take the meds for 2 months and if you still have problems, we’ll investigate then".
“Sure” I thought. “You’ll fleece me for another $460 for a needless consult and who knows how much for the investigation which by that time would be late if my problems need solving now”.
His secretary made the follow up appointment for 2 months’ time.
When I got home I thought, “no way will this solve the problem as in 2 months’ time any investigation will analyse not my true state but by state on meds”. I cancelled the f/u appointment and went for a study elsewhere, with “Dr Y”. That meant I had to pay another specialist for an initial consult.
That study produced data that proved my allegation that I have significant health symptoms that need to be addressed.
Recently I sent “Dr X” a demand for a refund of the (circa $250) being the out of pocket costs based on the results of “Dr Y”'s test. I sent a copy to the hospital where he works.
Of course I should have demanded he replay Medicare as well for the misdiagnosis and inappropriate Rx’ing of meds.
The 10 days I gave him to pony up the refund came and went earlier this week.
What are my next steps?
Complaining to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission or somewhere else?
Note I recall years ago a friend made a complaint to a hospital which was “resolved” by one doctor “reviewing” the behaviour of a colleague. No ribbons for concluding that complaint went nowhere.
All suggestions are welcome. Thanks.