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Health Information Q&A: Need A Second?

Gerry Bohac, MD, answers questions about second opinions at Rush.

Q  How are second opinions handled at Rush University Medical Center?

A  Once you've decided to seek a second opinion, ask to have your medical records, original X-rays and test results sent to the doctor who will be providing the second opinion. Your doctor's office will most likely have you sign a release of information form so your records can be sent to the new doctor. The doctor providing your second opinion will review your medical history and prior tests and do a physical examination. He or she may also ask you to repeat tests or have different tests done.

Q  Will my doctor recommend someone for me to see?

A  Your first physician can refer you to another doctor or institution for a second opinion. You can also find someone on your own, if you prefer, by researching online or asking a doctor you trust, such as your primary care physician.

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