(BPT) - Millions of Americans wouldn’t hesitate to get a second opinion if their vehicle needed repair, yet a stunning percentage fail to seek a second opinion for important health decisions, a new survey reveals.
In the poll, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Invisalign, 70 percent of U.S. adults said they would seek a second opinion for a major home repair, more than half would for car repair services, and 30 percent would for personal electronics repair. By contrast, just 19 percent said they have sought a second opinion for a medical condition, 17 percent for a medical procedure and 6 percent for dental work.
“A second opinion can be valuable to patients who face complex, risky or costly treatments,” says Michael Goddard, DPM, a foot and ankle surgeon. “A second opinion may reveal simpler, less expensive or more effective treatment options. What’s more, having two medical professionals concur on a course of treatment can provide patients with enhanced peace of mind that they are making the right decision for their health.”
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