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Now you can rate your doctor online

By Viga Boland     Feb 12, 2007 in Health
There's a new site online that's causing some discomfort for doctors in the US and Canada.
It's any one of us can go over there, locate our country, state or province, and search alphabetically till we locate our own doctor of specialist. Once we register, we can rate our doctor and leave comments.
The bad side is the possibility that someone might place too much faith in the comments. It's also possible the comments are somewhat inaccurate e.g. a certain doctor received a perfect rating and glowing comments. Problem is he resigned from Hamilton Health Sciences in 2004 after being accused of performing obsolete operations on dozens of women!
Of course, I just had to go over and search out my own GP. She'd scored a 3.5 with only one person saying very negative things about her. Since I like her, I didn't agree with all that she said, but some of it rang a bell alright.
Apparently, this isn't the first site of this kind created by this webmaster. He has sites allowing people to rate everything from summer camps to real estate agents.
But what's upsetting our local doctors is since people can post anonymously, there's no way to check the accuracy of their statements (e.g. sample above) Furthermore, most doctors are only rated by 1-5 of their 1500 - 2000 patients. So how good a yardstick is that by which to measure a doctor?
As in all things posted on the net, by both netizens and experts, I guess it's up to the reader to be cautious about anything they read, especially when it's an opinion...just like most of ours here on DJ:))
So, that said, what do you think? Is being able to go online to rate our doctors, and in the future, maybe teachers, lawyers, and who knows what else a valuable exercise? And is it a good or bad thing?
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