Should I get a second opinion? 

Is it worth getting a second opinion?

You can get bad news from your doctor about yourself or your loved ones. It can be about the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease such as cancer or recommendation about surgery. It’s natural to panic but it’s always beneficial to get a second opinion from another doctor.

A research study conducted by Johns Hopkins medicine in 2016 said that medical errors are ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States (Makary & Daniel, 2016).

The second opinion means the opinion of a doctor other than the patient’s current doctor. The other doctor goes through the patient’s medical records and after reviewing them gives his opinion about the patient’s health and suggests treatment.

A second opinion may provide you mental satisfaction and confirmation about the diagnosis or a new diagnosis. It can help you to know about additional treatment options that may be missed by your primary doctor.

After the second opinion, you become more informed about your health and treatment options therefore you can make better decisions about your health.

Recently a research study was published, which was conducted on 286 patients who were referred for a second opinion (Van Such, Lohr, Beckman, & Naessens, 2017).

The results showed 12% of referral diagnoses were the same as final diagnosis, 66% final diagnosis were better defined and 21% of final diagnosis were totally different from referral diagnosis.

Similar data has been compiled in this infographic based on the work of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.

Where can I get a second opinion?


You can ask your current doctor or your health insurance company to refer you to another specialist.

You can consult any good specialist on your own.

You can also take help from telemedicine websites for medical advice and consultation.

Sometimes for complex or difficult diseases like long-standing diabetes and heart disease, you may need some ‘fresh eyes’ to get a clearer picture to your neeeds. That is where the expertise from globally trained specialists can really give you a new insight on best practices. View this infographic on why you might need International Second Opinions….


What is the best medical advice website?


There are numerous medical advice and consultation websites from which you can receive a second opinion from the comfort of your home. Some top medical advice websites are;


  • Second opinion
  • DoctorSpring 
  • 2nd.MD
  • Cleveland Clinic MyConsult
  • Partner’s healthcare
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How do you ask for a second opinion?


For asking a second opinion you should tell your doctor that you want to be fully informed about your health status, diagnosis, and all the treatment options. 


  • You can ask your doctor for a referral. 
  • Ask your doctor to send your medical records to the new doctor. 
  • Let your new doctor know why you are seeking a second opinion. 
  • You should prepare a list of all the questions you want to ask your new doctor.


Is it rude to get a second opinion?


It is not rude to get a second opinion. In life-taking diseases like a cancer diagnosis, your doctor may suggest you take a second opinion so that you can develop more understanding about your health.

Your primary healthcare provider knows well about you and they will not be offended if you want to take a second opinion for your satisfaction. 

Why Should I Choose VIOS?


At VIOS, we are committed to providing a personalised and practical guidance for our global patient community, with decades of industry standard clinical training, within your reach.


Our exclusive network of healthcare specialists have decades of combined experience in their specialised medical fields.


We have handpicked a robust team of pediatricians, internal medicine specialist, oncologists and other high demand physicians for our direct pay (beyond network) hassle-free appointment.


At VIOS, you get to choose your preferred provider, choose the most convenient appointment (at your timezone) and be 100% comfortable in discussing any of your sensitive patient queries – in a safe digital space.


Not convinced? Maybe this simple infographic can show you easy we have designed our process for you…

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Makary, M. A., & Daniel, M. (2016). Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US. Bmj, 353. 

Van Such, M., Lohr, R., Beckman, T., & Naessens, J. M. (2017). Extent of diagnostic agreement among medical referrals. Journal of evaluation in clinical practice, 23(4), 870-874. 

Ismail Sayeed CEO Medical Director ViOS, Inc.


Dr. Ismail Sayeed

Dr. Sayeed is the Medical Director of ViOS, Inc. He is a deeply committed physician entrepreneur & medical blog writer. While building the global infrastructure of the VIOS Clinic, he is dedicated to educate people on the potential of specialist telemedicine for managing chronic diseases.

Read more about him in his author bio


  1. Mushfiqur Rahman

    People often breaks up by having bad news. But they often forget that good news and bad news are a part of our life. Your blog clearly teaches us, how can we turn all the bad things into good. People will be able to fight themselves and also be able to turn their bad news into happiness with your help. Thanks

  2. Ishrak Ahmed

    Second options, without any doubt, have a huge importance whenever these deal with the medical purpose. As we know the rate of death due to adverse treatment is going above with a rapid growth, it is mandatory to consult other doctors as well besides the primary one. Same goes to the near and dear ones we have. We should make them understand about the perspective of having the second option just because every bad thing can be sorted out by an alternative method.

    • vioswp

      Thank you for your comment. It is true that people often need extra support to deal with complex chronic diseases. In some cases a qualified expert second opinion can help provide better treatment options.

  3. Al Asadujjaman Arif

    It is always a good option to double-check the medical treatments you are getting from your doctor. A human being makes mistakes. As a doctor is a human being, mistakes will be made by doctors also. When I was a baby, I faced a similar situation. If my parents didn’t take the second option at that time then I would not have been alive in this world right now.

    • vioswp

      Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are glad that the necessary steps were taken at the right time. We hope future children will be supported in the same way.

  4. Jannatul Ferdous

    I think you should do anything and everything you can to keep yourself safe and sound. A healthy body is one of the most important aspects of our total wellbeing. So if you need to change doctors for a better care, you should do it and nobody has a say in it.

  5. Farukul Islam

    Diseases and the uncertain situation is a usual event for us. But sometimes we forget about it and can’t tolerate the situation. Thank you for this writing.
    No doubt, your writing gives me a clear concept about the best medical advice website and how I can ask for a second opinion also.

    • vioswp

      Thank you for your comment, we try our best to provide value treatment and options for our patients.

  6. Jehrin Mahmud

    If a second opinion can turn a bad news into a good one, then it is trully good for a patient suffering from a severe disease. Consulting with another doctor always gives anyone relief. Because, when we compare two types of opinions on a same topic, we can get a clear idea regarding the topic.


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