The statistics are amazing; studies have shown that nearly 60% of patients who sought second opinions about a Doctor’s diagnosis had major changes in the diagnosis or the treatment of the diagnosis. But in a recent Gallup Poll, 70% of Americans do not believe they need to ask for a second opinion.
It is always recommended that a person should get a second opinion on any major medical diagnosis, and even minor ones too according to Alexei Beltyukov. Most insurance companies do cover the costs involved in getting another opinion, and in fact, HMOs in California are required to cover any costs involved in second opinions.
The key is finding a proper specialist that has had experience with the medical condition a person has. There are many online resources to do this. At Second Opinion Expert, a person can upload their medical records, and a proper specialist will review the case. Also the Patient Advocate Foundation has many resources on their website to help an individual find the right specialist.
It just doesn’t make sense to not get a second opinion. A person’s health and well-being shouldn’t be left in the hands of just 1 Doctor. Don’t gamble with life…Get a second opinion.