What is a second opinion?

In principle, you can assume that you will receive good help and advice from your attending physician.

Requesting a second opinion means that you are asking for the opinion of a specialist who is not your attending physician.
You can do this if you want more certainty about the diagnosis made or the proposed treatment.
A second opinion can help you make the right decision, particularly when it comes to critical diseases.


Why get a second opinion?

More and more people are looking for a second opinion.

Studies show that this decision is a healthy reflex because you can’t be sure enough at crucial moments in your life.

Royal Doctors has a network of 250 independent second-opinion doctors located throughout Europe.

You have questions. We have answers.

These are 3 reasons why someone requests a second opinion:
The patient wants greater certainty as to the diagnosis/treatment.
Recommended by the general practitioner / insurance company / employer / friends / family.
Previous treatments did not have the desired result.

The 10 most common pathologies for which a Second Opinion is requested

  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Stomach and intestine disorders
  • Urology
  • Gynaecology
  • Eye diseases
  • Skin diseases

When can you request a Second Opinion?

Second opinion before the treatment

Before the treatment

Standard Second Opinion

If you already have a diagnosis and/or a treatment plan but you still have questions or doubts,

then a second opinion will give you more certainty.

During the treatment

En Route Second Opinion

Has your treatment started already and you’re uncertain as to whether you made the right decision?

After all, your recovery begins with confidence in the doctor and the treatment.

Second opinion for chronic/long-term illness

Chronic/long-term illness

Complex Case Second Opinion

Do you have a complex medical story without a clear diagnosis and/or treatment?

You need a thorough analysis of your medical situation so that you can see the forest for the trees again.

How does it work?

Step 1

The intake: collection all the information

  • You give Royal Doctors permission to request your medical files.
  • Then you complete our questionnaire, so that we can understand your medical situation.

Step 2

Selection of the correct doctor for your case

  • Based on the available data, we select an expert who is best suited to assess your case.
  • The expert will analyse your file thoroughly and will then write up a second opinion report.

Step 3

The second opinion is ready!

  • Your second opinion report is ready after 10 days at the most.
  • We recommend that you discuss this report with your own doctor.

Second opinion: What advice do I follow?

Perhaps the second opinion doctor gives you the same advice as your own doctor. Then it is a confirmation that you are on the right track.

But what if the second opinion is different? Decide for yourself which one feels like the best choice for you. Discuss the options resulting from the second opinion report with your own doctor.

Does your own doctor disagree with the second opinion? Or do you no longer trust your own doctor? Then you can choose to switch to another doctor.

How much does it cost?

A second opinion via Royal Doctors is usually offered free of charge via your health insurer or your employer..
If your insurer or employer does not intervene in this case, you can contact us directly.

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