Experts say absolutely not. In fact, if your doctor reacts negatively to you getting a second opinion, it could be a bad sign. “I tell patients that if a physician seems at all bothered by your asking for a second opinion, then you absolutely need one,” says Jan C. Buckner, MD, chair of medical oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Instead, doctors should welcome people getting a second opinion. Good doctors want you to feel confident in their care. They don’t want you to feel like you were bullied into working with them.
“When you ask for a second opinion, your doctor should say, ‘Good idea -- here’s a list of names,’” says Harold J. Burstein, MD, a staff oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
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