Knowledge is Key: Benefits of a Second Opinion

Learning that you need surgery is life-changing. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and want clarity. That’s where a second opinion shines. It’s not a sign of distrust, but a proactive step to empower you with information and confidence. And if your employer offers the Carrum Health benefit, it’s likely that you can get a second opinion, at no cost to you*, with one of the top surgeons in the country, who specializes in the procedure you need.


Video: Why consider a second opinion

How can a second opinion benefit you?

Anyone who is contemplating surgery can benefit from a second opinion. It’s not about doubting your doctor, but rather ensuring you have all the information you need to:

  • Double-check the necessity: Studies show that approximately 11% of procedures might be unnecessary. A second opinion ensures that the recommended surgery truly is your best option.
  • Be certain of your diagnosis: Misdiagnoses happen. A second opinion acts as a safety net, verifying your diagnosis before going under the knife.
  • Explore all options: Surgery isn’t always the only answer. A second opinion might reveal less-invasive or alternative treatments that better suit you.
  • Weigh the risks and benefits: Surgery carries inherent risks. A second opinion helps you understand these risks and compare them to the potential benefits for your specific situation.
  • Take control of your decision: You deserve to be an informed participant in your healthcare. A second opinion empowers you to make decisions that align with your needs and priorities.

What questions should you ask during your second opinion consultation?

While confirming your diagnosis is important, a second opinion is about much more. Use these key questions to explore treatment options, risks, and benefits, and ultimately the impact surgery will have on your life:

  • Is surgery the only option?
  • What are the specific risks and benefits for me?
  • Are there less-invasive or alternative approaches?
  • What is the success rate for this surgery in my case?
  • How experienced is the surgeon with this procedure?
  • What is the recovery process like, and what should I expect?
  • Are there potential long-term effects or complications?
  • What happens if I delay or decline surgery?
  • How will surgery impact my daily life and future quality of life?

See how a second opinion helped this Carrum Health patient save thousands of dollars and regain mobility. Read his story.

How do you get a second opinion?

With your list of questions ready, you’re on your way to a confident second opinion consultation. But where do you find the best specialist to give you the clarity and expertise you need? That’s where Carrum Health steps in. Through Carrum Health, you’ll be able to:

  • Receive a second opinion from top surgeons and specialists, all recognized for their skill, experience, and patient-centered care. These are the leaders in their fields, with access to the most up-to-date research and access to advanced medical treatments.
  • Get your second opinion easily and conveniently. Often, second opinions can be done through virtual consultations from the comfort of your own home.
  • Have financial peace of mind knowing your second opinion is covered by your Carrum Health benefit. We believe everyone deserves access to top-tier healthcare, and that includes the ability to make informed decisions by obtaining second opinions.

You deserve the best possible care. While all doctors must be qualified to practice, their experience and approaches can vary. Prioritize your well-being by seeking a second opinion from a top physician who can help you make sure you’re making informed decisions about your surgery.

The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only. No material is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


*With the exception of second opinions, individuals enrolled in a high-deductible plan must first meet their deductible, but oftentimes copays and coinsurance will be waived. Second opinions are typically provided at no cost to members and do not require payment of any deductible. Per IRS rules, a portion of any covered travel expenses will be reported as taxable income to the covered member.

How Carrum Health Can Help
Carrum Health is a unique benefit that connects employees with the country’s top surgeons and specialists to receive high-quality care at a far lower cost. Find out if the Carrum Health benefit is available to you.