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Second medical opinion. Give yourself peace of mind – make an informed decision

Second medical opinion. Give yourself peace of mind – make an informed decision

Would you like to have a diagnosis reviewed? If you’re looking for peace of mind, a second opinion by an independent specialist from our network of experts in Switzerland and abroad can offer just that. Your personal advisor will guide you through the process.  

When is it advisable to get a second medical opinion?

It can be a good idea to get a second medical opinion when you’re faced with the prospect of a complicated medical procedure, e.g. a surgical operation or a condition requiring longer-term medication. This could be back, heart or joint replacement surgery, a major abdominal operation or planned chemotherapy to treat a tumour, for example. You can only request a second medical opinion for planned procedures, not emergency operations. To ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision, you should ask your doctor the following questions before undergoing an operation or treatment.


Checklist: ask your doctor

  • Why do I need the operation/treatment?
  • What will it improve – and what not?
  • What are the risks and side effects?
  • Are there alternative treatment options to the operation/treatment recommended?
  • What are the chances of success of the alternative treatment?
  • What are the consequences/risks if I delay or refuse the operation/treatment?


How do I get a second medical opinion?

As a customer with semiprivate or private cover, you simply have to contact your personal advisor who will organise an impartial and independent second opinion via Medgate, VIPmed or with a specialist near you. Sanitas has access to an extensive network of first-rate specialists in all areas and will put you in touch with the right expert in your case.

A second opinion in writing or by telephone is free of charge for you. However, the cost of a consultation with a specialist will be drawn from your annual deductible and copayment.

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