Patients in Illinois have every right to feel good about a diagnosis and the treatment that goes with it. No doctor is perfect and there are many instances of misdiagnosis that negatively affected the patient’s life. If you are seeking help for a serious condition and do not feel comfortable with where you are headed, you may want to consider a second opinion.

It is not likely that your doctor will be bothered by you asking for such, as they often seek them out themselves. Columbia University Irving Medical Center gives some questions to consider when you are thinking of a second opinion, including the following:

  • Do you need the information independently verified?
  • Is your condition serious?
  • Could there be treatment option that works better for you?
  • Are there any doubts about anything your doctor said?
  • How do you feel about your interactions with your doctor and are you comfortable with them?
  • Is there anything to lose by asking for a second opinion?

If you decide to seek a second opinion after a serious diagnosis, it is a good idea to do it as fast as possible. You should be unemotional and direct with your doctor. Bring your tests and results from the original doctor you saw to your second doctor and let them know you want them to appraise the diagnosis. Keep your own opinions and feelings about the treatment and diagnosis on lockdown until the doctor has a chance to give their opinion. You want an objective response and your doctor may react to your positive or negative emotions if they can read them.

In the healthcare field, it is often standard procedure to get a second opinion. There should be no guilt or hesitation on your part when you want another opinion. If you want a second opinion, many doctors will refer you to another doctor or a specialist who can answer any additional questions you have until you feel good about the future.

This is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.