Doctor should help a patient to get medical second opinion. Eminent physician explains. 7
Dr. Marshall Wolf, MD. The problem I have with patients searching for best treatment is this. Patients often are less capable of identifying the specialist they should talk to than their physician. In any patient’s medical center, a physician might see a patient with a rare heart problem. This is not a speciality fo that physician. Then talk to the cardiologists in your center about where that patient should be sent. Or who he should be seen by. A patient going to the computer may not end up in that same place. Dr. Marshall Wolf, MD. The physician should help the patient. Dr. Marshall Wolf, MD. The patient may say. “Could I have a medical second opinion?” Dr. Marshall Wolf, MD. The physician should be comfortable saying: “Sure, I’ll find you somebody”. I had patients who occasionally would say that to me. I would be glad to help them find somebody else to talk to. But it is very hard for patients without very specialized both knowledge and experience to find the right expert for their condition. That is the doctors’ job! That is the doctor’s job! I saw once a patient and the patient said. “I’m worried about what’s going on, and I know this isn’t your area of expertise. Is there somebody I could see?” I would help the patient do that. I often did. Actually more often that I would say, ” you ought to see somebody else” than the patient would say it. That is my job! Legendary physician and medical educator, Dr. Marshall Wolf. He speaks about challenges facing patients when trying to find the best physician for their medical problem.
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