Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Second opinion makes good sense

It’s your only body—ask two doctors for their take before something drastic happens to it!

Orly Avitzur, MD, is a neurologist and adviser to Consumers Union. Writing in Consumer Reports on Health, Oct 2010, she says sometimes patients don’t seek a second opinion because they think the doctor will feel bad or get angry.

According to a 2005 Gallup poll, half of Americans don’t ask for a second look.

Often they will, though, if they don’t have confidence in their doctor.

If your doctor insists on one treatment and you’ve heard of others, this could be time to ask around.

If your doctor dismisses your concerns or writes them off to stress, ask someone else.

If you are not progressing, feeling better, getting better, maybe someone else would have an answer.

Especially if surgery is recommended, ask for another opinion. Doctors can’t put stuff back in!

If you have something rare, try a university setting. Sometimes a family practice doctor may not have the expertise.

Many health plans do pay for another opinion. Ask first, though.

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