What is a second medical opinion?
A second opinion is a complete evaluation of your medical history, your diagnosis, and your treatment plan by a medical specialist. The consulting physician will either confirm your diagnosis and treatment or recommend an alternate diagnosis and/or treatment plan. This physician may recommend that you undergo additional diagnostic tests. Research has shown that between 20% and 60% of patients have a change of diagnosis or treatment plan after their second opinion.
How it works ?
Fill in the form about you ( don't forget to write a message about your expectations).
- Send your medical records, radio, blood tests, MRI, etc.
Our Medicaim doctor will review your medical records
- We select the best experts based on your disease and/or treatments
- Our Medicaim doctor will answer you within 24 hours
- Your second opinion will be delivered and written within 7 days maximum
After a first review of your file, a Medicaim team doctor will establish a pre-selection of expert physicians who can help you. You will then have the opportunity to choose the medical expert who will be responsible for evaluating your medical file. Once his work is completed, our medical expert will send you your second medical opinion by e-mail in PDF format. Of course, you can also choose to receive your second notice by mail.
When a second medical opinion is required? And why use it?
In the case of serious pathology requiring treatment whose side effects may be feared, the request for a second medical opinion may help to inform the patient's decision. It is a right that patients make little use of. The request for a second medical opinion validates or invalidates the therapeutic orientation proposed by a first practitioner. Cancer, epilepsy, heart failure, Crohn's disease... The question of seeking a second medical opinion arises particularly in the case of heavy treatments likely to generate significant side effects. The request for a second medical opinion is all the more relevant as the condition gives rise to several possibilities for intervention.
What do you need to get my second opinion?
In order to be able to evaluate your file and provide you a second opinion, our expert doctor needs:
– votre diagnostic actuel
– vos radios, IRM et/ou résultats d’analyses
A detailed description of the treatments you have received in the past
- your medical history including allergies, chronic diseases, previous surgical procedures and prescriptions
a checklist of questions to which you would like a specific answer
Of course, many opinions are already given by doctors on file (for example in multidisciplinary consultation meetings in hospitals). In addition, the second opinion comes after several consultations with physical examinations which will constitute the patient's medical file. The challenge is therefore to send a complete file, which we ensure by means of very precise questionnaires, drawn up by expert doctors. The questionnaires were designed to get to know the patient (and not just his illness) better and to collect his opinions and aspirations in order to take them into account for a possible alternative treatment plan.
The patient can, of course, request a second opinion. It will be important to involve your attending physician in the process.
A third party may also make the request on its behalf in the following cases:
- A legal person in charge (minor or adult child under guardianship),
- A general practitioner or attending specialist, with the patient's consent.
In order to request a second medical opinion, you must provide a medical file including the current diagnosis and treatments planned but also a complete medical history. Please also remember to send us your X-rays, MRIs and/or test results that you consider useful for the establishment of a second opinion.
Our Medicaim partner doctors are internationally renowned professionals recognized for their expertise. They are distinguished by:
a recognized practice
- A high level academic background (university, books, medical congresses, etc...)
Exercising in internationally renowned institutions
Our Medicaim Council is under the permanent control of a doctor. The security of your data is our priority, no information will be disclosed.
Many diseases in the following specialties are open to second medical opinion:
This list is not exhaustive, it is constantly enriched with your requests: consult us if you do not find the pathology that interests you.
Some needs and conditions are more complex than others. In case of doubt, please send us additional information to establish a tailor-made quote.Request a quote