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New Ways for Patients to Get a Second Opinion
The Wall Street Journal

For many patients, it has become a routine part of the medical process: Get a diagnosis or treatment plan and then seek a second opinion.

A growing number of online services are offering second opinions and some are seeing increasing patient demand for a second set of eyes.

Some of the services are sponsored by established medical centers, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. Others are independent businesses that work with specialists on a consulting basis. Employers increasingly are contracting with such services, and insurance companies at times require patients to get a second opinion, such as for surgery.