Most people in Pennsylvania would agree that when they or a close family member is given a serious diagnosis from a doctor, a lot of fear and concern can come rushing over them immediately. Along with those emotions often also come a lot of questions. If you are facing this type of situation, you should know that it is your right to ask as many questions as you like of your doctor. In fact, it is also your right to ask questions of another doctor.
Getting a second opionin in the face of a grave medical condition is always wise. As explained by the Patient Advocate Foundation, a second opinion may offer you valuable insights. In some cases another doctor might corroborate a diagnosis but might have a very different way of treating your condition. This would allow you the chance to choose the path that is right for you. You might also be told by one doctor that there is no problem but a second physician may actually be able to identify the cause of your otherwise inexplicable symptoms.
Honest practitioners should respect your request to seek additional input before making major decisions about your health. They should also be able to help provide you with records that you would want to share with the new doctor.
If you would like to learn more about how, when and why you might want to get a second medical opinion, please feel free to visit the patient’s rights and safety page of our Pennsylvania medical malpractice website.