It’s not easy to navigate the world of healthcare. Complex insurance plans, an array of treatment options, and medical records spread across different providers make getting the best possible care a daunting task. And for those who have been diagnosed with a serious condition, the stakes are even higher. Finding the right treatment plan and having peace of mind that you’re on the right track is crucial.
Getting a second opinion is one way to get peace of mind. A second opinion can confirm a diagnosis and treatment plan, or it may lead to a potential diagnosis change or a recommendation for a treatment modification. In either case, getting a second opinion can help you move forward with increased confidence.
When to Consider Getting a Second Opinion
Not sure if getting a second opinion is right for you? Here are some situations when getting a second opinion may be a good idea:
You have a condition that isn’t improving or is getting worse despite treatment. Arthritis, for example, is a chronic condition that can require lifelong treatment. If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis and are not seeing improvements in your symptoms, it may be time to seek a second opinion.
You’ve been diagnosed with a serious or rare health condition. These can include:
- Heart disease
- Neurological disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Other challenging health conditions
You’ve been told a health condition is not treatable. You don’t always have to take no for an answer. Before giving up, getting an online second opinion from another healthcare provider may give you more treatment options.
You’re considering a treatment that involves significant risks, such as surgery. Any time you’re considering a major treatment, getting a second opinion can give you peace of mind that you’re making the right decision.
You need guidance choosing from multiple treatment options. A specialist with extensive experience in your particular condition can help you choose the best treatment option based on the latest research.
You want confirmation about a diagnosis or treatment. You don’t have to second-guess your healthcare team, but getting a second opinion can give you confidence that you’re on the right path.
For more on when to get a second opinion, visit the U.S. News article “When to Get a Second Opinion,” featuring expert advice from Dr. Peter Rasmussen, a cerebrovascular surgeon at Cleveland Clinic and Chief Clinical Officer at The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic.
The Process of Getting a Second Opinion
Getting a second opinion doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s what you need to know about getting started.
You can begin the process from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection.
Once you register, you’ll schedule an intake meeting. During that meeting, we’ll learn more about your condition and where we can find your medical records.
We know how challenging it can be to locate and send medical records. That’s why our team does all the work for you. Taking one more burden away makes getting a second opinion as easy as possible.
We match you with a specialist who will review your case and provide a comprehensive second opinion report. You’ll have the opportunity to review the report with the specialist during a live video consultation, and you can ask questions for 14 days after your meeting.
Get Started with an Online Second Opinion
Cleveland Clinic’s 3,500 specialists in more than 550 subspecialties have the experience and knowledge to provide you with the best possible recommendations. With an online second opinion from The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic, you’ll be able to move forward with treatment with confidence. There’s no travel time, no red tape, and no hassles standing in your way.
Register online today to get started.