second opinion


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second opinion

Etymology: L, secundus + opinari, to suppose
a patient privilege of requesting an examination and evaluation of a health condition by a second physician to verify or challenge the diagnosis by a first physician. The situation is most likely to arise when an examination by a first physician results in a recommendation for surgery or experimental treatment.

Second Opinion

Fringe oncology
A group of professionals at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, who in 1977 pressured hospital administration to release studies performed at MSKCC on the inconclusive results regarding the efficacy of laetrile.

While some fringe oncology advocates believe the results to be a conspiracy—i.e., that mainstream medical practitioners are hiding the cure to cancer—peer-reviewed data shows laetrile to be ineffective as a cancer treatment and potentially toxic.

second opinion

Medtalk Formal or informal advice sought from a 2nd health professional regarding the diagnosis and/or therapy proposed by a 1st provider. See Consultation.

second opinion

An independent professional review and assessment of a patient done to confirm, add to, or revise the diagnoses and proposed treatments of another medical professional.
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Summary: As part of its strategy to improve its health insurance schemes and offer its customers the best possible healthcare, the National Health Insurance Company - Daman in cooperation with ArztPartner almeda AG (all shares of ArztPartner almeda AG are held by Deutsche Krankenversicherung AG (DKV), the biggest European private health insurer), has included an exclusive Second Opinion Service in some of its enhanced plans.
I would urge everyone who fears that they may not have the correct diagnosis to seek a second opinion and to be persistent.
We should not co-operate with managed health care or with medical aids that send patients for second opinions, and we should refuse to give these second opinions or to write motivations.
Had he sought a second opinion, had he sought another more experienced banjo picker to jam with, why there is no telling to what heights he could have gone.
Remember that the origin of the second opinion is for a valuation.
But the difference is, the opinion said, that the client is seeking the second opinion.
Second Opinion, the 17-10 favourite, held on by a nose from the fast-finishing Chief's Fortune in the nine-furlong event.
Three high profile Boston hospitals--Massachusetts General Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital--have launched a Web-based second opinion service aimed at improving access to specialty physicians for rural patients and reducing the long waits other patients endure in getting appointments.
Miami has some of the best diagnostic facilities in the world, making it an ideal location for a checkup or a second opinion," says Anderson.
We need to have a second opinion from someone we can trust.
Some insurance companies require a second opinion; others may pay for a second opinion if you request it.
In April 1997, maxillary specialist Eugene Keller of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offered to provide a second opinion.