Last night I was sitting at home, becoming more and more annoyed. It wasn’t because Great British Menu is finishing this week, although that also upsets me. Yesterday Oliver Peyton said to another judge: “I am genuinely shocked at your lack of empathy for this pudding!” Gold.

I became irritated thinking about our consultation with The German yesterday. This is the second time we’ve had an appointment with a specialist to discuss test results, that haven’t been available when we turn up. The Business referred B for this, so I can just imagine how it transpired.

The Business: I’ve sent him on to you, told him to make an appointment for Thursday to discuss the results. They won’t be in, of course, but he doesn’t know that. Just give him some general faff about brain tumours, £250, bob’s your uncle. I did the same thing last week.

The German: Perfekt.

Granted, B isn’t paying for these appointments, but there’s an annual limit to his private insurance claims. A limit I’m sure he’s rapidly approaching with all of these expenses.

And what about the referral process itself, from neurosurgeon to neurologist to oncologist. How does that work? Is it discussed on the golf course?

The Business: Got a new one for you, Frank. Oligo, grade 3. Won’t pop off straight away – lotta consults, lotta treatment. Pushy missus, but a nice littler earner.

The German: Sehr gut.

I know I’m painting a picture of B’s team of highly professional, experienced doctors as the medical equivalent of the Trotters. Maybe I’m way off the mark. God bless hooky, I mean Harley, street.



  1. You are absolutely right. That’s how a lot of them do their business. There are several who even charge for services they never provided – just to make sure that they can afford to drive Porsches and play golf as often as possible.

  2. I hope that isn’t the case but it’s worth raising it, don’t let them get away with misinformation. Get them to call you when the results are in. There may be a reasonable explanation but they should tell you what it is x

    1. They say they will, but if they don’t there’s not much we can do. I don’t plan on raising it, I think it’s just the way they work. Good thing I have a blog to vent on 🙂

  3. I could add – at least we’re not in America. Anyone who’s read Lionel Shriver’s So much for that will know what I mean.

  4. I assume that B’s former German health insurance would have had no upper limit.

    1. No idea, and policies here aren’t all the same. He has what his employer provided as a benefit.

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