Why Would I Need a Second Opinion?
The Virtual Second Opinions by Cleveland Clinic program connects you with the expertise of 3,500 Cleveland Clinic specialists in over 550 advanced subspecialties, without the time and expense of travel. This unique service gives patients secure, online access to Cleveland Clinic experts for virtually every possible diagnosis.
You can use a virtual second opinion to:
- Make the most informed decision about your healthcare or that of a loved one.
- Ensure your diagnosis is correct.
- Ensure your treatment plan is optimal for you.
- Eliminate the need for additional expenses and lost time with travel for a second opinion.
- Get peace of mind and confidence you are pursuing the best possible outcome.
How Does It Work?
Through our secure platform, patients can review their detailed health information with one of our nurse care managers over a live audio/visual connection. Your advocate gathers your medical records and will work closely with the most appropriate Cleveland Clinic expert specialist who is assigned to your consultation. The expert will render a thorough educational second opinion to you regarding your diagnosis or treatment. You will be discussing your condition with the physician in real-time, so you will be able to ask them any questions during your conversation. They will work directly with you to educate you about all treatment options.
Is It Covered by My Insurance?
Virtual Second Opinions are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, and we are unable to accept insurance payments. The cost of $1850 is payable by most major credit cards, a certified U.S. bank check or money order.
What if I Live Outside the United States?
Simply choose the “International Patients” option below and fill out the requested information, including your existing diagnosis and recommended treatment, as well as your medical concern and questions. After you upload your records in English and imaging through our secure system, your case will be reviewed by your Nurse Care Manager. He or she will then assign your case to the appropriate expert physician at Cleveland Clinic. Your specialist will review all aspects of your diagnosis and treatment plan, and you’ll receive an in-depth, educational second opinion report.
How Much Is the Cost if I Live Outside of the United States?
The international fee of $2,500 is payable by most major credit cards, a certified bank check or money order.