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.
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.
Four steps to a second opinion
Ask your doctor for a referral
You need this to be reimbursed for the second opinion.
Make an appointment with another doctor
Make sure you say that you are asking for a second opinion.
Visit the other doctor for your second opinion
You can use these handy tips to prepare for the consultation.
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.