You depend on your doctor to help you understand worrying symptoms and keep you in good health. Recently, you received a diagnosis or treatment plan you do not feel sure about. You do not want to risk becoming a victim of medical malpractice, but you also do not want to risk disrespecting your physician.
Yale Medicine shares situations where it makes sense to get another doctor’s opinion. Understand how to advocate for your rights and take care of your physical and mental health.
Recommendation for surgery
If your doctor feels you need surgery, you may want to explore other medical options by consulting other specialists. If you get differing opinions about your situation, ask why. One doctor may request another physician’s opinion, or she or he could invest more time investigating your case than another doctor.
If you receive a cancer diagnosis, you may have rare cancer, feel uncomfortable with your medical team or feel confused about your treatment plan or diagnosis. Also, consider that not only must you think about your initial cancer treatment, but follow-up treatment, too. You deserve to work with specialists and health care providers whom you trust with your life.
Unclear diagnosis or treatment
Perhaps you have a disease or condition that shares symptoms with several other conditions or diseases. For the most accurate diagnosis, you could want a second or even third opinion. Without knowing what you have, you may start down the wrong treatment path, which could cost you a lot of time and money you cannot afford to lose.
Do not take chances with your health. Another practitioner’s insights could save you in more ways than one.