Second surgical opinions

Second surgical opinions

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)

 covers a 

Second opinion

 in some cases for surgery that isn’t an emergency. Medicare also will help pay for a third opinion if the first and second opinions are different.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay 20% of the 

Medicare-approved amount

. The Part B 

Deductible [glossary]

 applies. If the second opinion doesn't agree with the first opinion, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for a third opinion.



To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like:

  • Other insurance you may have
  • How much your doctor charges
  • Whether your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service
What it is

A second opinion is when another doctor gives their view about your health problem and how it should be treated.

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