Getting a Second Opinion before Surgery

Should you get a second opinion before surgery?
The American College of Surgeons says that getting a second opinion before surgery is good medical practice, and doctors shouldn’t be offended when a patient asks for one. Most health insurers cover second opinions for medically necessary procedures.

Health Tip: Getting a such Opinion Before Surgery

  1. Ask the first doctor to send your medical records to the doctor giving the that opinion — to avoid having to repeat tests.
  2. Call the second doctor’s office to make sure it has your records.
  3. Jot down questions to take with you to the appointment.

Is this not rude?

Asking for a second opinion might be interpreted as a loss of confidence in the physician. “I don’t want to be perceived as a difficult patient or appear rude.” Patients want the doctor to feel good about them and don’t want to potentially damage the relationship.
Can you ask a doctor for a second opinion?
You have no legal right to a second opinion. But if you ask for a second opinion your doctor should listen to you and discuss it with youThey should think about your reasons for wanting another opinion and take them seriously. If they don’t agree that you need one you can ask for reasons.

Does insurance pay for it?


Most health insurance plans will pay for a second opinion, but be sure to contact your plan beforehand to find out for sure. In some cases, if you don’t get it for a procedure, you may have to pay a higher percentage of the cost.

A recent article from CancerConnect.com, a patient-focused cancer website, suggests that if you have been diagnosed with cancer, seeking an opinion will allow you to learn more about your cancer type and make truly informed decisions about treatment.

The article recommends that all cancer patients should consider seeing at least one additional expert after an initial diagnosis.  Getting an opinion is an important part of becoming educated about a cancer diagnosis and treatment options and will also give you the opportunity to find a physician you are comfortable with, someone you respect and who you believe is paying attention to your needs.

In the article, the following questions are addressed:

What Is a it?

Why Do I Need this?

Is Getting a such opinion considered “Bad Etiquette”?

Who Pays for A this?

Where Should I Get the Opinion?

Who Should Get a such opinion?

In addition to the questions above, the article also covers tips for preparing for your second opinion appointment, including writing questions down ahead of time and bringing someone with you to help listen and understand the information discussed.

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