Category: Second Opinion

virtual consultations
Mar 10 2020

Virtual consultations expand your access to expert specialists

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Virtual access to physicians isn’t new. Patients have benefited from virtual second opinions for years and more recently, have been able to quickly and conveniently connect with physicians through computer and smartphone apps that put them in touch with primary care physicians, pediatricians, and mental health providers. What is new is virtual access to a... Read More

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cancer
Feb 26 2019

For people diagnosed with cancer, a second opinion can have a big impact

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may feel as if you need to start treatment as quickly as possible. For most types of cancer, however, there’s no need to rush to begin treatment immediately and there are benefits to taking the time to seek a second opinion on your diagnosis and treatment plan... Read More

HSA
Mar 6 2018

A second opinion can help you save your HSA dollars

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you have a high deductible health plan, a health savings account (HSA) allows you to put aside pre-tax or tax-deductible dollars to pay for deductibles, co-payments, and qualified medical expenses that aren’t covered by your health plan, such as prescription glasses and dental care. The goal is to reduce your out-of-pocket medical costs. But... Read More

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second opinion
Oct 24 2017

How to Ask for a Medical Second Opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

There are a number of different situations when you might want to get a second opinion on your diagnosis or treatment plan. It’s wise to consider getting a second opinion if you’re diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare condition or if your doctor has recommended elective (non-emergency) surgery like joint replacement or a hysterectomy.... Read More

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second opinion different from first
Sep 19 2017

What to do if your second opinion is different than your first

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare condition or if your doctor has recommended elective (non-emergency) surgery, it’s a good idea to get a second opinion. There are several ways that a second opinion can help you make an informed medical decision: It can confirm that your original diagnosis and treatment plan... Read More

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virtual second opinion
Apr 25 2017

When to get a virtual second opinion and where to get one

Second Opinion  •  By Susan Walker

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare health problem or received a recommendation for surgery, getting a second opinion can help you avoid misdiagnosis and choose the most appropriate treatment. In fact, some studies found that about 20% of people seek a second opinion and that percentage rises to 50% for people... Read More

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How to choose a doctor for a second opinion
Oct 11 2016

How to choose a doctor when you need a second opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious, complex, or rare condition or if your doctor has recommended surgery, a second opinion can help you make sure you avoid being misdiagnosed and receive the most appropriate treatment for the condition you face. But what factors you should consider when choosing which doctor to consult for your... Read More

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What steps should you take after a second opinion?
Aug 30 2016

What are the next steps after a second opinion?

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious or complex health condition or if you’ve received a recommendation for surgery, your next step should be to consider seeking a second opinion from a physician who has experience diagnosing and treating your condition. A second opinion is an important tool that can help you avoid an incorrect... Read More

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How to protect yourself from misdiagnosis
Nov 17 2015

The growing risk of misdiagnosis and how to protect yourself

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

A recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) included an alarming statistic: 12 million adults in the U.S. who seek outpatient medical care experience a diagnostic error each year in the form of an incorrect, missed or late diagnosis. The report’s authors conclude that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error... Read More

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A second opinion could change your diagnosis
Nov 10 2015

Get the right diagnosis with a second opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

Misdiagnosis is a significant problem in the U.S. Studies have found that between 10 and 20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed and approximately 12 million people who seek outpatient care for a health problem experience a diagnostic error such as an incorrect, late, or missed diagnosis. The best way to protect yourself from these errors... Read More

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