Too many of us are hesitant to question a medical diagnosis: a 2005 Gallup poll that surveyed 5,000 Americans found that about half reported "never" seeking a second opinion and a paltry three percent always sought out a second opinion on a diagnosis, treatment, drug or operation. Pretty frightening statistics, don't you think?
Make sure your care is following the best guidelines, or if your doctor is not following best guidelines, that the doctor has a good explanation of why you actually need something different. Good patients get good information which gets good care which gets the very best outcomes. And often, good patients need to get second opinions.