What is the process involved in a Second Opinion?
Schedule and Pay for Appointment
All major credit cards are accepted.
Note that the appointments are on Hawaiian time, not because I am in Hawaii, but mainly as a point of reference.
There is a no-refund policy for cancellations but re-scheduling is permitted if more than 24 hours.
Receive an e-mail questionnaire to prepare before the appointment
Typical questions will include:
Ability to exercise
Other medical problems
Alcohol and cigarette use
Specific questions, such as, if you have diabetes, how was it diagnosed and how long ago?
Anything else required to render a personalized second opinion
After the appointment, receive an email summarizing the appointment and with suggestions for your healthcare provider
All recommendations are age and disability/ability adjusted
Typical recommendations might include but are not restricted to
Changing medicines from old to new diabetes medicines
Specific diet and exercise recommendations
Weight loss target with time frame
Likelihood of medication reduction
Submit the suggestions to your healthcare provider
He or she is free to adopt or reject the recommendations.
You are free to change healthcare provider. if they summarily reject the recommendations.
Most likely, they will adopt some or all the recommendations because everything recommended will have a basis in science.
There might be push-back from your insurance company, but hopefully your healthcare provider will go the extra mile to try to get you the new diabetes medications.