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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why get a medical second opinion?
  2. Do I need my physician's permission to request a medical second opinion?
  3. How much does a medical second opinion cost?
  4. Does my health insurance cover a medical second opinion?
  5. How do I request a medical second opinion?
  6. Can I cancel my request for a medical second opinion?
  7. Is my state excluded from the medical second opinion program?
  8. Will my medical records and radiological (x-ray) films or pathology specimens be returned?
  9. Where should I send my medical records, x-rays, pathological slides, and paraffin blocks?

Why get a medical second opinion?

A medical second opinion is a valuable resource when you are faced with difficult health circumstances or choices regarding your treatment options. Second opinions are quite common throughout the health care industry and are frequently utilized by treating physicians to assist in providing the best care possible for their patients.

Depending on where you live, your availability for travel or your mobility, you may have limited access to highly specialized care. The Johns Hopkins Neurology & Neurosurgery Medical Second Opinion Program provides timely medical opinions on neurological conditions and neurosurgery  from leading experts without requiring you to spend time and money on traveling. The Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery has consistently been ranked as a top neurology and neurosurgery program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Other reasons for considering a medical second opinion from Johns Hopkins Neurology & Neurosurgery Center include:

  • Assistance in selecting the best treatment option for your condition
  • Learning more information about other treatment options available for your condition
  • Confirmation of your physician's treatment recommendation

Do I need my physician's permission to request a medical second opinion?

Yes. The service that Johns Hopkins Neurology & Neurosurgery offers is designed to complement the care you receive from your local, licensed physician. Johns Hopkins desires to preserve that relationship, as well as the relationship between the Johns Hopkins physician and your physician. We also believe the benefits of your medical second opinion are maximized when your local physician is included in the communication of the assessment and opinion. Additionally, many states require the involvement of your treating physician when consulting with an out-of-state physician. In an effort to adhere to state laws, Johns Hopkins requires your physician's permission.

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How much does a medical second opinion cost?

The cost of a Johns Hopkins Spine Neurosurgery Medical Second Opinion is $550.

  • If a pathology interpretation is required, there is an additional cost of $250.
  • If a radiology interpretation is required, there is an additional cost of $250.

Payment is due at the time of the request. Major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) are the accepted means of payment. A receipt for services will be mailed to you after payment is received.

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Does my health insurance cover a medical second opinion?

The Johns Hopkins Neurology & Neurosurgery Medical Second Opinion Program is a self-pay service. At this time, most health plans do not cover a medical second opinion, although there is increasing interest in doing so. You may contact your insurance carrier to inquire of your benefit coverage for a medical second opinion; however, Johns Hopkins Neurology & Neurosurgery will not file a claim with your insurance carrier.

Please note that even if coverage is available under your health plan, most insurance companies will require procedure codes to process reimbursements. We cannot provide procedure codes for any services provided through our medical second opinion program. We encourage you to investigate your insurance company’s requirements and are happy to assist you with any questions you have about our services.

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How do I request a medical second opinion?

Follow the step-by-step instructions on how to request a Johns Hopkins Neurology & Neurosurgery Medical Second Opinion.

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Can I cancel my request for a medical second opinion?

Once your credit card has been charged and work has begun on reviewing your medical history to render an opinion, we cannot cancel your request to discontinue your second opinion. Please let us know if there are extenuating circumstances.

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Is my state excluded from the medical second opinion program?

We cannot offer medical second opinions to patients who are residents of or have current mailing addresses in Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New York and North Dakota. Johns Hopkins Neurology & Neurosurgery abides by state laws governing the practice of medicine in these states.

If you are a resident of one of these states and wish to have a second opinion from a Johns Hopkins neurologist or neurosurgeon, we are happy to assist you in making an appointment to be seen at one of our offices in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Please call 410-735-4872.

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Will my medical records and radiological (X-ray) films or pathology specimens be returned?

X-ray films and paper medical records will be returned to you via overnight courier within two weeks of the completion of your medical second opinion. Pathology specimens, including slides and tissue, will be returned directly to the institution from which they were received.

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Where should I send my medical records, X-rays, pathological slides, and paraffin blocks?

All materials and correspondence should be sent to:

Johns Hopkins Medical Second Opinion Program
ATTN: Johns Hopkins USA
1300 Thames Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21231
Tel (toll free): 1-855-695-4872


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