Perhaps the main reason for only dealing with doctors who have ordinary email addresses and who respond to reasonable emails sent to them with reasonable responses, is that it makes it so difficult to get second opinions on their advices if they are not like that.
One of our readers advises that he was told certain quite crucial things in a consultation with a certain doctor which he now believes are total rubbish, but the doctor won’t confirm what he said in writing.
The doctor has an ordinary email address, but only because he’s involved with the Sydney University in some way, and it seems it’s one of the University’s requirements is that ordinary email addresses for such people are published. Otherwise he’s the sort of person who would not have an ordinary email address in a million years – just a PO box!!! But 5 requests over 5 or 6 weeks sent to him for him to confirm his advices in writing haven’t even been acknowledged.
So how does our reader get any second opinions? He says he’s afraid that if he sought second opinions without having anything in writing he’d wouldn’t be believed – he’d be told, “Nobody would say anything THAT silly.”