Advice on a second opinion

If you have any doubts about your treatment, or if your doctor cannot find what is wrong with you, a second opinion may reveal new information, or put your mind at ease. Our healthcare advisers can help you get a second opinion.

Get advice on requesting a second opinion

What is a second opinion?

A second opinion is an opinion from a different doctor. It may be requested by the patient, but sometimes the attending specialist asks the opinion of another doctor. A second opinion does not involve new tests or examinations: the other doctor reviews all the material already gathered.

  1. Ask your doctor for a referral

    You need this to be reimbursed for the second opinion.

  2. Make an appointment with another doctor

    Make sure you say that you are asking for a second opinion.

  3. Visit the other doctor for your second opinion

    You can use these handy tips to prepare for the consultation.

  4. Discuss the results with your own doctor

    You can then decide together how to proceed.

Costs of a second opinion

A second opinion is covered under the general insurance policy, though you will have to pay the This is the amount you have to pay yourself before you start receiving reimbursement for healthcare. There are two kinds of deductible in the Netherlands — compulsory and voluntary — and the compulsory deductible is set by the government. In 2024, the compulsory deductible is €385. On top of the compulsory deductible, you can also opt for a voluntary deductible of up to €500. The deductible only applies to reimbursements under the general insurance policy..

Frequently asked questions about a second opinion

The CZ Healthcare Team will help you find the right doctor for your situation. Call +31 13 594 91 10.

Your health is at stake here and that is what matters most. So if you would like a second opinion, do not be afraid to ask. Simply tell your doctor why you want a second opinion (fear, anxiety, doubts, the need to be sure). This way, you are not criticising your doctor, you are just making it clear what you want.

Yes, you can request a second opinion at any time.

First ask the doctor who gave the second opinion whether he or she is able and willing to take you on as a patient. If so, you can cancel the treatment you are receiving from your current doctor. The CZ Healthcare Team can advise you on how to do this.

CZ Healthcare Team

You can contact the healthcare team for support, to find out about regulations and for questions relating to your personal situation.