Second Opinions - Specialist opinion
Do I need to see a private doctor?
A private doctor is one that you have to pay for yourself. You do not need to see a private doctor to get a second opinion. If you decide to, think carefully about your reasons for going outside the NHS and if you can afford private treatment.
Bear in mind that the private doctor might agree with the NHS. If they don’t, the NHS does not have to follow their decision about your diagnosis or treatment options.
Rethink Mental Illness does not have lists of private psychiatrists, and the advice service cannot make recommendations. If you would like to find one, you could ask your GP. You could also research online to see what services are available, and then ask them about the level of service they offer and their costs.
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