Website offering orthopaedic second opinions is criticised by surgeons’ leaders

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 01 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5509
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

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 ( 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 …

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