One of the most common questions that Grand Rounds get asked by our patients is: “Won’t my doctor be upset if I seek an opinion from a Grand Rounds expert physician?”
Well, think about it. Are you worried about upsetting Best Buy if you visit their TV showroom but then do price comparisons on Amazon?
(Actually, that probably would upset Best Buy; they hate it when people do that.)
The point is: you’re the consumer, and you have the right to seek other options in the marketplace. And when it comes to your personal health, one might argue that you have more than just a right to explore alternatives. You have an obligation. Your health and well-being is paramount, and you should give yourself every advantage to ensure that you’re getting the best possible healthcare outcome.
Beyond the issue of what’s right or fair, though, we find that our patients’ treating physicians are happy to see an Expert Opinion from Grand Rounds. Why?
Good doctors encourage their patients to get additional opinions. Even though some patients may feel worried about upsetting their doctors, the best physicians know that seeking additional opinions is a proper and appropriate thing to do. Rather than become offended, they often encourage their patients to investigate options.
Doctors are usually amazed when they see who provided the opinion. The experts that Grand Rounds works with are the top 0.1% of doctors in the country–the ones who literally wrote the book on their respective specialties. They aren’t just “another doctor”–they are leaders in their fields. We’ve had treating physicians express amazement that their patients were able to get their cases reviewed by doctors with such distinguished pedigrees.
Good doctors always consult with other doctors. The best physicians don’t work in a vacuum. They routinely talk to other doctors and exchange ideas. The fact that Grand Rounds enables this kind of dialogue–and again, often from a doctor who is at the very top of his or her field–is generally welcomed by the treating physician.
So what happens when the treating physician really is upset? We haven’t actually seen it happen. But if it did–well, in all honesty, that may not be the best person to entrust with your health and well-being. In such a situation, you might need more than just an Expert Opinion from Grand Rounds; you might want to consider finding a new treating physician.