Second Opinion: Facts

Did you know that...?

  • Correct diagnosis is the most important step in the management of lesions and cancer.
  • A majority of patients never see the pathologist that renders their diagnosis or the pathology report that determined their treatment.
  • Between 2 and 9% of pathology reports are identified as partially or completely incorrect upon second review by an independent subspecialty pathologist.
  • One-third of misdiagnosed pathology cases have a major impact on the treatment and prognosis of the patient.
  • If a patient requests a second pathology opinion, most of the time it is free of charge.
  • A majority of insurance policies, including Medicare, will pay for a second opinion on a patient's pathology diagnosis.
  • UF Health Pathology Laboratories has more than 30 nationally recognized pathologists who provide expert second opinion consultations for any anatomic and clinical pathology subspecialty.

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