Second Medical Opinion
Not every doctor will have the same opinion when it comes to diagnosis and treatments options. A doctor’s opinion is guided by several factors such as available technology, their education and their own experience dealing with a particular health condition.
Many patients have been in the difficult position of querying their doctor’s medical opinion. And in many cases, it is only natural to have medical questions like:
- Is my diagnosis correct?
- Is my treatment plan correct?
- Do I need this surgery or do I have other options?
At these times it is valuable to have access to an affordable, unbiased second opinion so that patients can explore alternative options and gain complete confidence in their healthcare.
How Does Second Medical Opinion Work?
With the Second Opinion service from Activ Doctors Online, members have the opportunity to request medical questions via the Internet, at any time and from anywhere in the world. Second opinion consults enable patients to make better-informed decisions about their health. They also provide a smart and inexpensive way to improve health and treatment outcomes.
ADO provides its members with access to our network of over 1,700 world-class healthcare specialists. Our physicians are available for medical questions, consultations and second opinions within 48 hours of a member’s request (assuming the patient’s Personal Health Record is up-to-date). Our specialists perform a thorough, evidence-based review of the member’s health history, meaning a second opinion from ADO is completely independent and impartial.
To get started, simply submit a request for a consult. Our Medical Director will review your file and forward it on to a committee of specialists that best serve your case. Our experts will analyze your medical questions and provide a conclusion within 48 hours – either directly to you or, upon request, to your doctor. In some cases, the second opinion reached our medical specialists are the same as those provided by our members’ physician. However, they may also provide contrasting opinions, suggest further testing, or recommend visiting a different specialist.
How to Request a Second Opinion
To get started, simply submit a consult request on the ADO platform, stating your original diagnosis and your list of medical questions. Our Medical Director will review your request and delegate it to a committee of specialists that best serve your case; these will be experts in the field of your particular condition. Our physicians will analyze your medical questions and provide a conclusion within 48 hours.
The second opinion is delivered as an easy-to-understand report, either directly to you (via ADO’s online platform) or, upon request, to your doctor. In some cases, the second opinion reached by our medical specialists are the same as those initially provided by the member’s physician. However, they may also provide contrasting opinions, suggest further testing, or recommend visiting a different specialist.