When and How to Get a Second Opinion
When Should You Get a Second Opinion?
- A condition or problem is considered serious
- Surgery is one of the treatment options suggested
- Numerous possible treatment options are available
- After consulting with your doctor, you still have a number of unanswered questions
- You are told by the doctor that a specific type of treatment cannot be used to treat your condition
- You are told by the doctor that nothing or nothing more can be done to treat your condition
- Your condition returns after treatment
- A cause for your symptoms is not found, but the symptoms continue
- You feel that there is something wrong with the diagnosis or suggested treatment for your condition
Is It Too Late?
Why Should You Bother With a Second Opinion?
- Having a better understanding of your condition
- Getting your questions answered
- Removing any doubts
- Helping you to weigh the benefits and risks of the recommended treatment options
- Helping you to make an informed, educated decision as to what treatment is best for you
How Do You Get a Referral?
How Do You Find a Doctor on Your Own?
- Talking to another trusted doctor who may be able to recommend a specialist
- Calling local hospitals, medical centers, or medical schools and asking for a referral to a specialist who works at or in connection with that facility
- Calling your health insurance company for a list of specialists who are covered by your plan
Will You Have to Pay for a Second Opinion?
Will More Tests Be Done?
Who Do You Get Treatment From?
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2015
- Update Date: 11/19/2013