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Frequently Asked Questions

Why get a surgical second opinion?

A surgical 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 Surgical Second Opinion Program provides timely surgical treatment opinions from leading experts without requiring you to spend time and money on traveling.

Other reasons for considering a surgical second opinion from Johns Hopkins 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 surgical second opinion?

Yes. The service that Johns Hopkins 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 surgical 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.

Does my health insurance cover a surgical second opinion?

The Johns Hopkins Surgery 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 Surgery 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.

How do I request a surgical second opinion?

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

Can I cancel my request for a surgical 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.

Is my state excluded from the surgical 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 Surgery 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 surgeon 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 410-464-6555.

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.

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

Location: 1300 Thames Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21231

Phone (Toll Free): 1-855-695-4872
Phone: 410-464-6555
Fax: 410-464-6600

What happens to the results of my second opinion?

Results of the recommendations will be provided to your referring physician.