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Second Opinions

What is a second opinion?

A second opinion is a consultation with a recognized physician expert (specialist). The specialist will review your medical records (exams, imaging, testing, etc.) and discuss your options, the risks and benefits of each one, and recommend next steps. It is important to us that our patients are informed about diagnosis and treatment options that best meet their individual needs and preferences. 

What does Yale Health pay for with a second opinion?

Yale Health pays for:

  • One consultation with the specialist when referred by a Yale Health network clinician.
  • One follow-up visit, if recommended by the specialist.
  • Lab tests ordered by the specialist, at the Yale Health Quest Diagnostics Lab or any other Quest Diagnostics Lab in New England.
  • Imaging tests (such as MRI, CT scan, X-rays, etc.) ordered by the specialist, at the Yale Health Diagnostic Imaging Department.

Any additional services must be authorized ahead of time by Yale Health Referrals. You will have to pay for any unauthorized services.

What can I expect?

  • Your clinician will place the order for the referral.
  • The Yale Health Referrals Department will review and process your referral, and you will receive a referral letter via the mail with instructions. Your referrals can also be viewed in My Chart.
  • After your second opinion, you and the clinician who referred you for the second opinion will discuss any new recommendations and make decisions about your treatment plan.
  • Your on-going care and treatment will continue with the referring clinician here.
  • If you would like help with this process please contact  Yale Health Care Management.