Website offering orthopaedic second opinions is criticised by surgeons’ leadersBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5509 (Published 01 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5509
- Annette Tuffs
Professional bodies in Germany have criticised a website that offers a second opinion, for a fee of between €200 (£180; $290) and €600, to patients who have been recommended for joint replacement surgery.
NAV-Virchowbund, an association of GPs and specialists with their own practices, has charged the 12 senior orthopaedic surgeons behind the site (www.vorsicht-operation.de) with violating professional medical regulations because they are offering diagnosis and counselling without actually seeing patients. The association has reported what it sees as professional …