People With Medicare
How do I find a doctor for a second opinion?
Your own doctor may be able to give you a specialist's name. If not, or if you prefer to choose one on your own, you can:
- Visit www.medicare.gov. Click "Resource Locator," then "Doctors" to find doctors who accept Medicare.
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY/TDD users should call 1-877-486-2048.
- Call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service, at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). They can tell you about nearby treatment centers.
- Ask your local or state medical society, a nearby hospital, or a medical school for names of specialists.
Be sure the doctor who gives the second opinion accepts Medicare. This will save you money.
What should I do before I get a second opinion?
Ask your first doctor to send your medical records to the second doctor. Then you will not have to get repeat tests. This will save you money.
If you do need more tests, Medicare will cover most of those costs.
Tell the doctor what surgery you are thinking about. Write down any questions you have. Bring a friend or family member with you if you can.