If you’re like most people, you tend to trust your doctor; why else would you go to him or her? According to a Gallup poll, 70% of Americans don’t feel the need to get a second medical opinion after visiting their primary care physician. However, in a study out of the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, 52% of patients who had been referred for a second opinion ended up having their treatment recommendations changed. So, it may just be in your best interest to get that second medical opinion, to make sure you’re making truly informed decisions about your medical care.
If you’d like to know more about how to go about getting a second opinion and what to do to prepare for the appointment, read this guide.