Why Should I get an Online Second Opinion?

When you aren’t confident about your diagnosis or treatment plan a second opinion can be reassuring. Getting a second opinion is standard medical practice, and one that is often recommended when faced with a new diagnosis or treatment plan. Second opinions can expand and improve the advice you receive because medicine is not always clear-cut.

Online second opinions can save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary procedures, medications, expensive medical tests and travel. For years, patients have gone to another physician in town or spent time and considerable resources traveling to medical centers of excellence. For over a decade, Partners HealthCare and its affiliated hospitals have made it easier for patients and their physicians to access their world-renown specialists without the need for travel using Partners Online Second Opinions.

Partners Online Second Opinions has helped thousands of patients; like you by reviewing medical records, including formal reviews of radiology and pathology, and has provided new answers and alternatives. In fact, in 90% of the cases reviewed by our specialists, a new treatment, therapy or diagnosis is recommended.

In less time than it may take you to get an actual in-person appointment with a specialist, your online consultation can be complete. A typical second online opinion is completed within 10 days.

If you are unsure about your treatment plan, have symptoms that have not been explained, are diagnosed with a life-changing illness, or simply want reassurance, an online second opinion can help. Our consultation coordinators are available by phone or email, and can help you every step of the way.

Involving your MD

We believe it is important that your primary treating physician is involved in this consultation process. S/He will provide critical information about your history and work with you to implement your treatment plan.

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Meet our Specialists

All specialties are available for expert review and consultation. Specialists from every field and department are available, from oncology, neurology, surgery, to dermatology, psychiatry, and pediatric specialties.

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What Does it Cost?

You are responsible for payment of the second opinion, unless you are an employee or member of one of our client organizations.

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Sending your Materials

We can accept your medical history as well as radiology images and pathological specimens when appropriate in a variety of means. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, which is why we recently partnered with Health Advocate to help you with retrieving your medical records (including radiology and pathology).

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