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Second Opinions: Necessary or Not?

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Why are people hesitant to seek a second opinion?
Air Date: 8/21/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Fernando Gutierrez, Certified Healthcare Mediator
Fernando Fernando Gutierrez has specialized training in clinical healthcare ethics and consultations, where he has obtained certification and certificates of accomplishment.

He has graduated from numerous intensive healthcare educational courses and programs at several prominent institutions including, the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, University of Washington School of Medicine, University of Virginia Medical School and Washington D.C. Hospital Center.

Mr. Gutierrez recently completed Bioethics studies at Union Graduate College, receiving another certificate in Clinical Bioethics.
Second Opinions: Necessary or Not?
If you've been given a life changing-diagnosis, would you trust your doctor?

Even though you might have gone through a series of tests, you may not agree with treatment options. Or, you may want a second opinion.

Deciding whether you should get a second opinion is tough. To help navigate, a bioethics committee can provide guidance, as well as the pros and cons of double-checking a diagnosis or treatment.

How can you obtain a second opinion if you feel like you're not being listened to and you disagree with what your doctor is telling you?

Certified healthcare mediator and registered professional guardian, Fernando Gutierrez, shares when it's important to be your own health advocate and if second opinions are really necessary.
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