If you or a loved one has received a serious medical diagnosis, you may be looking for a second opinion before seeking medical treatment. You can now receive a second opinion from the comfort of your home.
These five telemedicine services provide you with additional guidance as you navigate diagnosis and treatment for a medical condition. The prices and services vary, giving you a range of options as you determine your next step.
1. Second Opinions
Second Opinions provides fast and straightforward second opinions with technological support available 24 hours a day. The service is easy to use. All you need to do is create an account, submit a questionnaire, and schedule a phone call or video chat with one of Second Opinions’ board-certified physicians.
Second Opinions offers consultations for a variety of conditions, including radiology services. You can upload radiology studies and images through their secure site.
Prices for Second Opinion’s services vary. They start at as little as $29. You can purchase an annual membership for access to additional services.
For a prompt response to a medical inquiry, DoctorSpring is for you. This website features board-certified doctors who can answer your medical questions in more than 40 specialties.
DoctorSpring offers three types of services:
- Ask a doctor.
- Consult a specialist.
- Get medical board opinion.
The services range in price from $18 to $180. You’ll receive responses to your medical questions within 12 to 24 hours, depending on the service you request. The site does not diagnose medical conditions or administer prescriptions, but it does offer helpful advice from doctors who can help you determine your next course of action.
2nd.MD is a second opinion service that will give you access to a specialist without having to wait months or drive hundreds (or even thousands) of miles.
When you sign up for the service, you’re assigned a personal care member who will guide you through the process. This person will get your medical information and compile a list of doctors available through the service who can provide a second opinion.
You choose the doctor and select a time to have a phone or video consultation. The doctor will compile notes and share recommendations for treatment, guide you to local doctors, and list top treatment centers.
The cost for this second opinion service is $3,000, and you receive your consult within three days.
4. Cleveland Clinic MyConsult
It’s now possible to access Cleveland Clinic doctors from your own home. This service allows you to submit your medical information and records to board-certified doctors within the Cleveland Clinic system to receive a second opinion.
To use the service, you need to complete a five-step process. This process takes between 30 and 65 minutes to complete. Cleveland Clinic MyConsult does not accept insurance and rates start at $565.
A doctor will respond to your online request within 10 to 14 business days. Your doctor will need to sign a consent form before you receive a second opinion. The consultation could result in a different diagnosis, alternative treatment plans, and recommendations for further information on your condition.
5. Partners Healthcare
Partners Healthcare Online Specialty Services is a 10-year-old service. It provides second opinions using doctors affiliated with Harvard Medical School’s healthcare delivery system. This service allows you to receive a second opinion from these doctors without having to travel to Boston.
To use the service, you create an account, request permission from your primary doctor, and provide your medical records. The service will assign you a specialist for a second opinion, or you can request an affiliated specialist yourself.
Your doctor will receive the second opinion from Partners Healthcare within 10 business days. You can review it after your doctor views it. You’ll then need to meet with your doctor to discuss the second opinion and treatment plans.
Consultations begin at $575 and radiology and pathology reviews cost $300.
Finding What’s Right for You
Getting a second opinion on a medical diagnosis has never been easier or more accessible. Telemedicine allows you to avoid waiting for months to see a specialist who may be located far away. With these telemedicine sites, you can get more information on your medical condition and come up with a treatment plan based on the advice of multiple medical professionals in just a short amount of time.