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Are second opinions a right or a concession?

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7018.1506b (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1506
  1. Vicky Rippere, Retired lecturer in psychology
  1. London WC1H 9DR

    An important political issue

    EDITOR,--Granting patients an unqualified right to a second opinion about their diagnosis or treatment would set in motion much needed cultural changes in medicine.1 It would be a nail in the coffin of medical paternalism and of the “like it or lump it” health service. Giving patients the power to “vote with their feet” would flush out many poorly performing doctors.2 It could generate sensitive new performance indicators—for example, for each individual consultant, the proportion …

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