An opinion on second opinions

When a patient says he or she wants to seek a second opinion from another physician, it’s natural to feel somewhat territorial or even offended. However, if you approach second opinions with the right mind set, they can be good for you and for your patients. They also can be good business.


Aniruddha Malpani, MD“Asking for a second opinion doesn’t mean that your patients don’t trust you. It just means that they need to be sure that they have covered all of their bases.”
-Aniruddha Malpani, MD, medical director of Malpani Infertility Clinic in Mumbai, India


Not only am I okay with my patients suggesting that they seek second opinions, I often go so far as to...

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One Comment

  1. Rakesh Khera
    Posted Dec 2012 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Most patients these days seek a2nd opinion, specially before undergoing a surgery. Most of us physicians don’t even know that this has happened or is happening all the time. It is very unusual for a patient to ask the primary treating doctor the name of the doctor they want to seek a 2nd opinion from, so i disagree with the author here. They rather do it on their own and it is their right anyway.

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