A recent study Dr. Singh co-authored looked at data from Best Doctors Inc., an independent service that offers second opinions online to companies and insurance carriers that offer them as a benefit.
74% would seek a second opinion from another physician, if their doctor suggests a surgery or investigation in the clinic.
In 82% of shoulder surgeries second opinions contradict the recommendations of the physician.
69% of hospital physicians and 57% of established physicians consider the second opinion process to be useful.
In more than 67% of more severe orthopaedic surgeries and 80% of spinal surgeries an alternative treatment would have been more recommendable.