LONGEVITY EVER AFTER: The importance of getting a second opinion

Navigating a new medical diagnosis and its treatment options can be extremely complicated. Making decisions about your healthcare is very important, and seeking a second opinion can truly change your life. According to Yale Medicine, a 2017 study found that “21% of patients who sought a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic left with a completely new diagnosis.” Second opinions may improve the accuracy of a diagnosis, reverse a misdiagnosis, or offer confirmation of a diagnosis.

While preparing to receive a second opinion, it is important to find a doctor with extensive experience in treating your particular medical condition. As medicine is constantly evolving, these doctors may offer alternative treatment plans or additional insight into your diagnosis. Finding this type of doctor though can be a challenging and overwhelming experience for many. To help, Raymond James has partnered with PinnacleCare, a concierge health services provider. With PinnacleCare, you will be in the caring hands of dedicated health advisors who will help navigate the complexities of the health care system, with the goal of providing better medical intelligence, preferred access to providers and improved health outcomes. According to PinnacleCare and the Journal of the American Medical Association, 25-30% of surgeries are unnecessary and misdiagnosis is the number one cause of serious medical errors. It is difficult to calculate the exact cost of a misdiagnosis or unnecessary surgery, and you can’t put a price on knowing you are receiving the best possible care. As PinnacleCare states: “When it’s serious, can you afford to be wrong?”

The right advice starts with a trusted relationship. Nearly 45% of engagements with PinnacleCare have resulted in a change of diagnosis, treatment or course of care. Raymond James clients have utilized PinnacleCare’s services to solve a mystery illness after years of questions, navigate difficult surgeries, and ensure they have chosen the most effective cancer treatment. Interested in learning more? Reach out to our team to get started with PinnacleCare.

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