Friday, October 17, 2008

Medical malpractice question

Doctor A at Clinic X is treating you for something. Eight weeks later, your condition hasn't resolved and you'd like a second opinion about treatment. If you go to Doctor B at Clinic X, are you likely to get Doctor B's best advice even if it conflicts with Doctor A's advice? I mean, does Doctor B have more of an incentive to give his/her best advice, or more of an incentive to back up Doctor A?

More practically, is it a better idea to go to a different clinic than to go to a different doc (who by reputation is spectacular) at the same clinic?

Update: And I guess you could look at the other side of the coin and wonder whether a Clinic B would have incentive to suggest something different than Doctor A suggested, regardless of whether they believed Doctor A's treatment was the best approach.

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