Your right to a second opinion

Elective services on the MoH website, quote and link :"

The specialist will assess your condition and recommend the best option of care for you.

If publicly funded Electives are available to you, you should be told that you:

  • have a definite treatment date within the next 4 months from that confirmation; or
  • will receive treatment within 4 months of that confirmation but your treatment date will be confirmed closer to the time of treatment.

If, based on your level of need as measured by your priority score, publicly funded Electives are not available to you, your GP (or primary care provider) will continue to care for you. The specialist will provide you and your primary care provider with information on the outcome of your assessment."


Quote from the link below, MoH:  If you don’t agree with a decision that you will not be given a publicly funded FSA or treatment, you should talk to your GP (or primary care provider) who will explain why the decision was made and what options are available to you. These may include referral to a private specialist for treatment, or a clinical review of your condition, either by the original specialist or by another clinician (a ‘second opinion’). You have the right to ask for a clinical review, but the original decision may still stand.  You should also check that all information has been given to the specialist, including the impact your condition has on your life.

G M Rigg