​Freq​uently Asked Questions

A second opinion is medical advice that is sought from a doctor other than the one who provided your initial diagnoses or treatment plan. You may choose to seek a second opinion to get confirmation that your diagnosis is correct, to get assurance your treatment plan is good, to seek more treatment options or simply for peace of mind, especially if you are dealing with a complex disease.
Anyone can get a second opinion. Since it is based on the documents and information you provide, instead of a direct consultation, second opinions work best when you have been to another doctor and have some tests and/or scans available. A second opinion will help you explore your treatment options and make an informed decision on how to move forward.

AKUH is a comprehensive hospital offering all services under one roof. Therefore, you can ask for a second opinion on any disease or treatment plan, both for adults and children. AKUH's Second Opinion service covers all forms of second opinions, including but not limited to:

  • General second opinion for an AKUH doctor to review your diagnosis and/or treatment plan.
  • Surgical second opinion to confirm the necessity for or type of surgery.
  • Second opinions on lab reports including biopsy reports.
  • Second opinions on radiology tests such as MRI, CT scan, Mammogram etc.
  • Much more.​
The fee for the AKUH Second Opinion service is PKR 4,500 for residents of Pakistan, and USD 65 for all other patients.​
AKUH's Second Opinion service allows you to share your preference for a doctor. However, if the selected doctor is unavailable, we will recommend another expert from the same specialty to review your reports.​
When your request for a second opinion is received for review, you will be notified via email. Our doctors will review all your available information, and you will receive a notification on email once your report is ready to be downloaded.
Typically, it takes 5 working days for our doctors to review your information and develop your report which you can then access and download.​
In such a case, you may wish to discuss the results of your second opinion with your own doctor, or the one who gave you your second opinion. To speak with your second opinion doctor, you can book a tele- or in-person consult with him/her. To book an appointment, call or WhatsApp: +92-21-111-911-911.​
Yes, you can consult any of our doctors. To book an appointment, call or WhatsApp: +92-21-111-911-911.​
Many health insurance providers will pay for a second opinion, but before scheduling one, it is essential to know exactly what will be covered and what you might have to pay out of pocket. For a larger variety of diagnoses and treatments, a second opinion is typically reimbursed by many private health insurance providers. It is important to understand exactly what benefits your insurance plan provides. ​
Currently, we can only process requests in English. ​
Yes, your medical and payment information will remain confidential and secure. AKUH is fully committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all our patients, as mentioned in our Patient Rights and Responsibilities.​
We are available to answer any questions you may have. Simply email us at second.opinion@aku.edu and our team will get back to you.​