However, by getting a second opinion, patients should realize that they are not casting aspersions on a doctor's competence or judgment, but are rather adopting a responsible attitude towards their own health and well-being. All patients have a right to seek a second opinion, and certain circumstances may arise in which it would be appropriate, if not mandatory, for them to exercise this right.
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