To find the best medical specialists to deal with, what we strongly recommend, (and do ourselves,) is that readers send an email to at least 20 of those who may be able to help them along these lines:-
And if they do this, we will be very surprised if they don’t feel it’s fairly easy to decide, from such replies as they get, which may be the best one or two specialists for them to at least have an initial face-to-face consultation with.
We strongly believe that if we had always been doing this ourselves over the last ten years it would have saved us from having three major operations that didn’t help in any way, and countless consultations with specialists that wasted our time and money.
To us, if a doctor, or someone on their behalf, provides a good response to such an email, it indicates:-
That they are into communication– many doctors aren’t into communication if you’re sitting right in front of them.
That they are likely to be prepared to put things in writing– which makes them ACCOUNTABLE for what they do and say. If a doctor is NOT prepared to put things in writing, it probably indicates that they themselves know that the advice they’re giving is not very good.
What we do and recommend is that after we’ve had a consultation with a doctor we write to them along these lines, (obviously if they have an ordinary email address, this makes it easy to do,) “In our consultation today, I understood you to say blah blah blah, blah blah. Have I got this right?”
If they’re not prepared to answer something like that, you’ve almost certainly wasted your time and money in seeing them.
Of course, the time consuming part in what we recommend, is putting together the email addresses that are needed to do it – we find that if these are readily available, it’s not hard to send out 40 emails in less than an hour.
To help with this problem we have started putting together the names of various medical specialists – we are up to 25 on our lists of Sydney Gastroenterologists, up to 37 on our list of Sydney Neurologists, and up to 40 on our list of Sydney Dermatologists, all with ordinary email addresses.
Email us on email@example.com.