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Can I get a second opinion during an emergency?

Don’t hold up your treatment in order to get a second opinion when you are in a life-threatening emergency, or if the risk of harm from waiting on a procedure outweighs the benefit of taking another look. If you want a second opinion, your doctor should inform you of the risk of waiting.

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