When should you ask for a second opinion?
When Should You Get a Second Opinion?
- Get a second opinion if you have undergone treatment but your symptoms continue.
- Get a second opinion if you are diagnosed with a rare disease.
- Get a second opinion if the recommended treatment is risky, involves surgery, is invasive or has lifelong consequences.
Do doctors get offended when you get a second opinion?
Most doctors welcome other doctors’ opinions. 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.
How much does it cost to get a second opinion?
A medical second opinion costs $565, while a consultation with a pathology review costs $745. Face-to-face meetings with specialists who provide a second opinion and review a patient’s medical record are more likely to be covered by insurance than an online consult, but nothing is guaranteed.
Is getting a second opinion covered by insurance?
Many health care plans cover second opinions, but it’s good to find out before you make an appointment. Medicare will help pay for a second opinion as long as it’s for a treatment that’s medically necessary. But even if you have to pay out of pocket, the second opinion may be worth the cost.