Why Patients Should Get a Second Opinion

December 8, 2010

In today’s NYTimes, several cardiologists were found to have implanted hundreds of unnecessary cardiac stents. This article only reinforces the imperative to get a second opinion for any major procedure.  Doctors are human, too, and can sometimes act unethically. Fortunately, it’s not  common- but it’s not rare. I’ve seen plenty of patients who were told they needed cataract surgery and/or premium intraocular lens implants that cost $2000 each, when in fact, these patients needed no surgery at all. Two ophthalmologists in Staten Island, NY, are sitting in jail for fraud.




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