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About Second Opinions

Most people devote significant time and energy before making a major decision. How much research did you perform before buying your car? Your latest TV or computer? How many people did you consult with?
But is there anything more important than our health?
When the time comes to make a major decision regarding an important part of our lives – our health, how much time and energy do we devote to make sure we are doing the right thing?
Both patients and physicians are aware today that acquiring a second opinion is a basic privilege we are all entitled to in modern medicine. Patients today are taking more responsibility for their high quality care,
are more aware of the vast amount of health care information on the internet and of their basic right to ask questions, research and be involved in their care. Receiving a second medical opinion is an important part of this process. 
Leading hospitals in the US, such as the Cleveland Clinic, report that up to 50% of their patient referrals are for second opinions, from both US and world-wide.
A second medical opinion will give you the reassurance that the diagnosis is accurate, that all the required tests were performed, and that you will be given the correct and most up-to-date treatment, and may protect you from unnecessary invasive treatments.

When should you request a Second Medical Opinion?

  •  If you face a serious illness. 
  •  If you have questions that have not been answered.
  •  If you are uncertain about the diagnosis or suggested treatment. 
  •  If the treatment recommended is surgical, invasive, or may have significant side effects and you want to confirm its necessity. 
  •  If you have been offered several treatment options and do not know which one to choose.
  •  If you are being treated, but results are not as you or your physician had expected. 
  •  If you want reassurance that you are receiving the most appropriate medical care.

Who should you approach to receive a Second Medical Opinion?
You should consult your physician and talk to other patients or groups who have experienced a similar illness. We also recommend reading about your illness on reliable healthcare, medical associations and hospital websites.

We are here to help you approach the right source for your second opinion. We have an extensive network of leading physicians, all highly qualified and knowledgeable experts, in most medical sub-specialties. In every sub-specialty we look for leading researchers and clinicians, offering the most advanced knowledge and treatment world-wide. We will help you find the right physician for your second opinion, discuss this with you, refer you to read about the physician, and after your approval we will begin the process together…and work with you hand-in-hand until you receive the written second opinion.

What questions should you ask? 

  • Is the diagnosis correct?
  • Was the right treatment recommended?
  • Is this the most scientifically advanced treatment option?
  • What are the risks associated with this treatment? 
  • Are there other treatment options I should consider? 
  • Should I consider waiting, without receiving any treatment?
  • Should I be aware of possible side effects?

These are, of course, only examples and there may be other questions of interest. We are here to help you focus on the right questions for you.

After receiving the second opinion, what are the next steps?
If the diagnosis and treatment recommendation are the same as you received from your physician – you now have more confidence and peace of mind. You can now make a prudent decision, knowing that you have made an effort to research your situation and reach the right decision.
In some cases additional information may come from the second opinion, which you can discuss with your treating physician, to make sure you are receiving the optimal treatment.
If the second opinion considers a different diagnosis, or offers an alternative treatment plan, you now have several options. You may discuss this with your treating physician, and consider the new information together. You can refer to your family physician, to discuss with him how best to advance. You may approach a new expert physician, to make sure your treatment is the right one.
You now have the power and ability to decide.

In exceptional cases you may wish to receive treatment from the physician who gave you the second opinion. In such cases we can assist you with all the planning and logistics.