There is usually better chance of diagnosing rare cancers at tertiary hospital. Further, specialty hospitals are more likely to have the specialists and equipment needed to diagnose certain conditions. For instance, Phil Children’s Medical Center is more likely to help you if the patient is a child.

Upon initial diagnosis, it may be helpful to ask questions or search for reliable information online on what specialist is appropriate to your condition. Sometimes, a hospital may be short of staff, and the available specialist may not be the one you need. Similarly, feel free to ask your doctor what laboratory tests are needed, and if they know where these tests can be taken for free or lowest cost.

Some patients receive repeated diagnosis and treatment, but the symptoms still continue. In this case, strongly consider getting a second, third, or fourth opinion from another doctor, as there may be an underlying condition, or they may provide a more accurate diagnosis. Try to obtain these second or further opinions from doctors at other hospitals for a better chance of independent diagnosis.

Note that these hospital visits may take a long time. It’s better to be prepared to allow more time for it in your schedule, and if it is allowed, it is recommended to bring food, or money to buy food during visits.

Resource: DOH Metro Manila, Regional, and Specialty Hospitals


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