Dutch specialists' first diagnosis often wrong

30th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

In the past 18 months, more than 30 percent of 1,000 patients who went abroad to seek a second opinion received different diagnosis.

THE NETHERLANDS – Patients with complicated illnesses are advised to get a second opinion from a highly qualified foreign specialist as Dutch specialists tend to make a wrong first diagnosis, according to data published by the US organisation Best Doctors.

In the past 18 months, nearly 1,000 Dutch patients went abroad to seek a  second opinion. About 27 percent of the patients received a second diagnosis which differed slightly from their first diagnosis, while 8 percent received a second diagnosis which differed completely from their first.

Since 18 months ago, patients insured with health insurance company CZ can make use of the Best Doctors programme.

When interviewed by AD, a Order of Medical Specialists spokesperson said it was difficult to comment on the figures because they involve specific cases. However, he added that patients who are "in extremely complicated cases" should seek a second opinion.

Each year, the specialists of Best Doctors from 30 different countries, vote on who will be allowed to join their ranks. Twenty Dutch doctors are taking part in the election, with about five expected to be admitted to the programme.

Radio Netherlands / Georg Schreuder Hes / Expatica

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