Thanks to advanced technology, there is today always more than one option available for the treatment of any disease. Information on the Internet has only increased doubts in the minds of patients about the diagnosis and recommended treatment strategy. Many also feel they are unnecessarily subjected to a rash of medical procedures. A growing number of patients want a second opinion on any diagnosis or course of treatment. A second medical opinion is having another consultant re-examine the patient, review the data and suggest treatment. It may agree with the one in place or be entirely new. Some doctors say it has become a matter of “shopping for the cheapest deal”. This week, we look at the concept of second opinion and what professionals and patients have to say about it. Mail your feedback to Public Eye, The Hindu , 19 & 21, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road, Bangalore 560001 or publiceye.thehindu@gmail.com.

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