Getting a Second Opinion

At Children’s National Health System, we provide access to leading pediatric specialists in your community. Patients are often referred to us by primary care physicians when your child needs specialty care or a second opinion.

Although physicians receive similar education and training for treatments of a disease, two or more doctors may have  different approaches for treating the same condition.

How to Get a Second Opinion from Another Hospital

When it comes to getting a second opinion, it’s important to remember that the first referral should be provided by the primary care physician, depending on your insurance’s referral guidelines. Parents interested in receiving a second opinion from Children’s National should do the following:

  • Follow your insurance provider’s referral guidelines
  • Obtain a referral from the primary care provider
  • Get a special authorization form
  • Review the member services section of your insurance company’s

Documentation and medical information from another hospital needs to be provided during your child’s visit.

How to Get a Second Opinion from Another Specialist

Sometimes there is more than one way to treat a condition. Patient families can receive a second opinion on recommended treatment plans from a Children’s National specialist. Families seeking a second opinion need to ask their physician or assigned nurse if a second opinion is an option. We are happy to help you through that process.