Getting a medical second opinion is never a bad idea, even though many people feel uncomfortable asking for them. When you face hard choices in medical treatment or while undergoing unknown diagnosis, seeking a second opinion from the best doctors of the specialty is always considered good. It not only helps the patients to make the right choices for their treatment and get assured with the right treatment they receiving, but also helps to save money and time.
Why do we need a second opinion?
Second opinion is a valuable resource especially in situations when you are faced with difficult health circumstances or choices during the course of your treatment. As mentioned in our previous blog, taking medical second opinion becomes very critical in situations such as when you are diagnosed with complicated health diseases like cancers or you have to go through some kind of major surgery or a complicated type of treatment procedure. In such condition you and your family have right:
- To know and understand the various treatment options (other than surgery) and choices available to you.
- To discuss about your queries and questions with another doctor.
First and foremost, we must understand that seeking a medical second opinion is legitimate. After all, we take second opinion in almost every aspects of our lives such as while getting insurance policies, taking loan from banks, buying properties or during shopping. Then why not to take one, when we have to take decisions regarding our medical treatment? Instead, the process of making decisions in medical care is far more complicated than taking decisions in purchasing or buying something and needs second opinion for sure! Certainly there are many valid reasons to seek a second opinion where the desire for reassurance before making a serious decision is the most important one.
Is getting a second opinion considered “BAD ETIQUETTE”?
Understanding our own body and the various treatment plans available, is very important before starting any treatment plan. One should not think that taking a second opinion from other physicians will offend our primary doctor; however, it will reassure you to receive the most appropriate therapy. Therefore, it is always said, two opinions are better than one, especially in medical treatments!
You have to keep in mind that taking a second opinion is a normal part of medical treatment procedures and they should not be concerned about hurting the feelings of the primary physician. And if you decide to obtain an independent second opinion, it is also necessary to communicate with the primary physician so as to keep him/her informed. Most physicians welcome the opportunity to have another consultant review and approve their opinions/decisions with a positive note.
Making the right decision
There are many benefits of getting a second opinion such as gathering more medical information, understanding different treatment option and if any new treatment options available, putting into place realistic and achievable goals and of course, reassurance and peace of mind that you are making the right decision. The bottom line is that at some point you must make the right decision and should not delay the treatment by just seeking information.
Second opinion services at Texas Medical Concierge
We, at Texas Medical Concierge very well understand this dilemma of our patients. Through our priority access program, we provide second opinion by consulting with our best physicians and institutes for your medical diagnosis and treatment. By offering integrative healthcare solutions we empower YOU to make informed choices about your treatment options available, be it a cutting-edge modern medicine or traditional therapies. We, at Texas Medical Concierge, therefore very well understand, how crucial is for every patient to choose and undergo correct diagnosis and treatment to avoid potential fatal medical mistake.