Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Doctor’s insecurity over referring for second opinions
They can even ask the doctor (whom they are consulting) himself to refer them to a second or even a third doctor for further consultation. No competent doctor will feel threatened if a patient wants a second opinion! However, many doctors in India do have reservations about referring a patient seeking a second opinion to someone else, as they are worried that the new consultant may 'snatch' their patient away. To solve this problem, some countries abroad have set up specialized second opinion clinics which consist of senior experts who have retired from active practice, but who use their experience wisely to provide unbiased second opinions! Many doctors are happy to refer their patients to such clinics, because they are confident that they will not lose their patients in the process!