Medicare Does Cover a Second Opinion Concerning Surgery
The question often arises when your physician recommends surgery as to who will pay if you request a second opinion. The answer is quite clear and unambiguous.
You have a right to obtain a second opinion whenever non-emergency surgery is recommended and Medicare must pay for that second opinion. You have the same right to obtain a second opinion and have Medicare pay for it whenever you have a major non-surgical diagnostic or therapeutic procedure.
If the two opinions vary as to the necessity for surgery Medicare will also cover a third opinion
You do not need a referral from your doctor to get a second opinion.
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By Allan Rubin
September 1, 1999
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