When Two Heads Are Better Than One
Get a second opinion and avoid unnecessary medical procedures.
In 2020, about one unnecessary medical procedure was performed every four minutes, according to a Lown Institute study that looked at hospital procedures covered by Medicare that year. These procedures included coronary stents for stable heart disease, spinal fusion for
low-back pain, and hysterectomy for benign disease. Not only may these procedures offer little to no benefit, but they may also often do more harm than good.
The takeaway? Get a second opinion.
A second opinion means that you choose to see another doctor after you’ve received an initial diagnosis or treatment plan for a medical condition. The second doctor reviews your medical history and gives you their view on your diagnosis or treatment plan. A second opinion can help you learn about other treatment options, understand the risks of each, and feel more confident about your health care decisions.
Your Benefits Cover a Second Opinion
Teladoc gives you access to expert medical opinions from leading specialists at no cost to you. When you’re unsure about a diagnosis, surgery, or treatment options, Teladoc connects you with a team of doctors who collaboratively review your health records and develop a clear diagnosis and treatment plan that’s right for you. To get started, call (800) TELADOC (835-2362), go to Teladoc.com/MedicalExperts, or download the Teladoc app.
Transcarent Surgery Care (formerly BridgeHealth) gives non-Medicare eligible participants access to major surgery performed at one of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals (all at no cost to you). Your care begins with a review by a top national expert to confirm that you have the right diagnosis and treatment plan. To learn more, call Transcarent at (855) 423-1299, email surgerycare@transcarent. com, or register for an account on transcarent.com/surgery-care.
Any qualified doctor or specialist may provide a second opinion. Your Health Plan covers a second opinion for non-emergency procedures; a third opinion is also covered, if the first two opinions do not agree.