by Nikki Buzzelli
Diagnoses, treatments, surgeries. At every stage of your health journey, finding a professional second opinion, gaining new perspectives or searching for different resources, in your community or online, is one of the best ways you can advocate for yourself as a patient.
While the medical community agrees second opinions aren’t necessary in every case–a cold is most likely a cold–most doctors recommend a second opinion in certain cases, and some insurance companies cover them. A good second opinion could save you time, money, even your life.
Seeking a Second Opinion
A few reasons to seek a second opinion are, if:
- Your doctor is not a specialist or familiar with your condition. Specialists are dedicated to their field and can ask questions and notice symptoms so subtle others may miss.
- You feel your concerns aren’t taken seriously. Mental health is as important as physical health and that starts with medical teams that listen to you, the patient.
- You’re not confident in your diagnosis or treatment plan. Doubt, gut feelings, or intuition can all be enough reason to seek another opinion. You know best what is working for your body, or how well a diagnosis “fits.”
- You’ve completed treatment and haven’t improved. Studies show our brains follow the same train of thought over time, creating natural blind spots in the way we think. Doctors are no exception. A fresh perspective could find a misdiagnosis or bring new skills that could lead to the correct treatment.
If you feel you want or need a second opinion, it’s easier than most people think. The important thing is to find a medical professional you are confident in and comfortable with.
You can ask your doctor for their recommendation or do your own research with the help of your insurance company. Make sure to get copies of your medical records to share with your new doctor. You’ll also want to compile lists of all the prescriptions you are taking, any relevant test results, and your past and current treatment plans.
Whether it’s a new approach or a different way of thinking about treatment, second opinions give you information necessary for you to make the best decisions about your health.
It’s clear we benefit from second opinions on treatments; but when’s the last time you thought about getting a second opinion on medical costs, like prescriptions?
The Two-Second Second Opinion
The ScriptSave WellRx app is the free, two-second ‘second opinion’ in your pocket that brings you lower prescription drug costs by negotiating drug prices with independent and chain pharmacies in bulk. Sometimes for even lower than your insurance cost.
Now, instead of taking the number at the pharmacy register at face value, one simple search shows you the out-of-pocket price for your prescriptions with a variety of discounts, all available for you to choose from. And because you can access WellRx online or through the app, it’s easier than ever to find the second opinion on prescription costs you need in real-time.
Simply go to WellRx.com, type in your or your family’s prescription and dosage information, and WellRx will find the biggest savings from the closest of over 65,000 pharmacies. The only thing you have to do is save your discount and show it to the pharmacist at the register. No extra costs, no sign ups, just the everyday savings you and your family needs.
See for yourself the difference a second opinion can make.