Second medical opinions are recognized as effective in eliminating unnecessary surgeries and procedures, thereby reducing costs and loss of productivity. In Mayo Clinic research, 20% of patients with serious health problems were initially misdiagnosed.1 Second opinions result changes in treatment recommendations 45-48% of the time.2Having a second opinion:
- Pushes information closer to the point of service and improves patient outcomes
- Benefits the patient by identifying the right diagnosis/treatment
- Eliminates downstream costs related to overutilization, unnecessary spend, and misdiagnosis complications.
2. MRIoA, January, 2020, “Internal data study across 120 cases (30 cases per 4 specialties)”.