Royal Doctors:
Independent second opinion service

You have questions. We provide the answers.

What is a second opinion?

A second opinion means asking for the view of another doctor about your medical diagnosis, proposed treatment plan or ongoing treatment.

The second opinion expert from Royal Doctors reviews your medical file and sets out his or her advice in a second opinion report.

You receive the second opinion report 10 days later and discuss it with your own doctor. Together you can then make the right choices.

Why request a second opinion from Royal Doctors?

Royal Doctors has specialised in organising independent second opinions since 1999.

We have an extensive European network of 250 medical specialists who are authorities in their fields. Matching the right doctor with each case is our top priority.

The way we work is unique: you don’t have to physically travel to another hospital or doctor.

  • No waiting.
  • No stressful consultations.
  •  No unnecessary examinations.
  •  No wasting of precious time.

We analyse your file thoroughly and ensure that you receive a clear and reliable answer to all your questions and concerns.


Patients give the Royal Doctors second opinion service a satisfaction score of 98%.

Royal Doctors is fast, easy and reliable.

Here are the 3 reasons for requesting a second opinion:
1
You want extra certainty
2
Is your treatment really necessary?
3
Your current treatment isn’t working

The 10 most common fields in which a second opinion is requested

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

What outcomes can you expect after a second opinion?

Your doubts are cleared up

In 40% of cases, a second opinion confirms both your diagnosis and your treatment.

Your treatment could be better

In 40% of the cases, a second opinion is followed by a significant alteration of your treatment plan.

Chronic/long-term illness

In 20% of cases, a second opinion indicates an incorrect diagnosis and/or treatment.

Your second opinion from Royal Doctors in 3 steps.

Step 1

Gathering all the information

  • You fill in our secure digital questionnaire, which will give us a better understanding of your personal situation, your questions and your concerns.
  • Royal Doctors discreetly – with your permission – requests the complete medical file.

Step 2

Selection of the right doctor.

  • From our network, we select the most suitable medical expert to assess your situation.
  • The medical expert analyses your file thoroughly, answers all your questions and draws up a clear second opinion report.

Step 3

You receive your second opinion report 10 days later

  • You will receive your second opinion report by registered post at your home address.
  • We strongly advise you to discuss the report with your own doctor.

Second opinion: What advice do I follow?

It’s possible that the second opinion doctor may give you the same advice as your own doctor (40%). In that case, you have confirmation that you are on the right track.

But what if the second opinion is different (60%)? Decide for yourself what 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.

Second opinion trigger finger

I should have sought a second opinion much sooner

Steve had been diagnosed with trigger finger (TVS)
4 years earlier. The tendon of his index finger kept getting stuck, so that he could no longer move his finger easily.
What started as nagging discomfort had developed into severe pain…

Second Opinion Neuro Aneurysma

I owe Royal Doctors my life

Esther, 31, was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in 2016
(a malformed blood vessel in the brain that can rupture).
The blood vessel was too difficult for surgeons to gain access to, so the doctors decided…

Pain-free without major back surgery

Anna was 54 years old and had suffered from back problems for a long time when she was diagnosed with chronic back pain (L4-L5).
Her attending physicians drew up a medication plan and recommended adjustments at work…

How much does it cost?

A second opinion from Royal Doctors is usually provided free of charge via your health insurer or your employer..
If your insurer or employer will not cover the cost, you can contact us directly.

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