Sandii, am I right in thinking you did/do not have a very good relationship with your doctor? .
I'm not really sure what a very good relationship with my doctor would mean I go to her when I am feeling in ill and I can't fix it myself, when I need a repeat prescription or when called in for a 12 month health review check. That's about it. Just a straight out sort of deal really. It was during my last 12 month health review check that this test was ordered.
Is there any other complicating factor regarding your ability to drive during the day that the dr might be worried about? Ie. Does the thyroid problem you mention result in significant fatigue?
No, nothing has been mentioned in regards to my thyroid problem having anything to do with this.
Also, given it appears your existing relationship with this doctor has collapsed I am not sure why you don't go to the new doctor - if you have the results of the sleep study Plus accept the use of a CPAP, shouldn't this doctor be able to work with you? Assuming the new doctor acknowledges you have some level of Sleep apnea (based on the take home test) and you agree to use a CPAP (and demonstrate compliance) then I don't see how he/she wouldn't contact the Dept of Transport to have your license unsuspended and at least give you a conditional one.
I can only act on what I have been told when asking questions: If and when I find a new dr who bulk bills and who is taking on new patients and who speaks English well enough that I can understand what he/her is saying (this is not a racist comment its fact), then I have to have tests rerun due to the fact different drs use different specialists to read the results and make recommendations etc. Have also been told that some drs here won't recognise the take home tests and refer patients to sleep in clinics in the first instance. Two options there - find $400 per test as the only sleep in testing clinic here is through the 2 private hospitals & are non medicare or find the funds to travel approx. 1,000km round trip by public transport to attend the next closest clinic.
I have no problem using a CPAP machine but have not been issued with a prescription by dr to enable me to hire or purchase one. Have been told by the place here that handles all the CPAP equipment that without one he cannot help me short of me purchasing outright a brand new 'automatic' machine and mask at a cost of almost $1,000. I do not have that sort of cash available to me nor any one I can borrow it from. It also has to be a 4 week trial overseen by dr first before they will recontact transport dept & my 'levels' have to drop 'significantly' before this will happen. Dr is on leave until 20 April.
I am informed that it was not the gp who contacted Transport dept but he specialist in Brisbane to whom the test results were first read by and he in turn contacted them.
So I am not resisting any of this as such. Just trying to find out what the process is and how I go about trying to rectify it.