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  1. Bernardo_11

    Bernardo_11 I like Popeye's Chicken.

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    ... that have a profile of you and where you practice? Patients can also make comments about you for everyone to see. I don't know how these companies got my profile, but my pages are usually blank anyhow, since I do mostly locum tenens work at this point. One day though I might write a sterling critique of myself just for fun. You know, like "Dr. Nardo is one of the nicest, caring person you'll ever know. He took the time to listen and made a diagnosis the 5 other specialist could not figure out. Ah.. Dr. Nardo.. he's like Dr. House... but with a good heart." :smuggrin: :smuggrin:
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    Those websites are a joke.

    Not because anyone (even you) can write whatever they want, but because the data is frequently incorrect.

    My ex and I once contacted on the of the sites (forget which one) because they had the numbers of years since graduation wrong, listed him as Spanish speaking (he was not) and never listed his fellowship program. They told us they'd correct it - its been years and he is still listed wrong ( as am I).
  3. Bernardo_11

    Bernardo_11 I like Popeye's Chicken.

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    I agree with you on the whole thing being a joke. Unfortunately, the lay people may not think so. With the convenience of google, any potential patient could look this up and see the results of one encounter from a patient having a bad day. Sad. It's unfortunate sometimes that we docs cannot do the same..... yet.
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    You're right. Fortunately, most of them are blank and have no reviews but I admit to looking at them from time to time to make sure my reviews are still blank (or at least positive).

    I've had patients look me up on the American College of Surgeons website (I get an email notifying me whenever my profile is accessed) and even come in with my own website profile printed out. I've yet to hear someone who used one of the rating sites...probably because I don't have any ratings yet. I did find myself amused to see that a local physician that I don't much care for got a bad rating (I know...its petty. ;) )
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    Do you think that some formal mechanism of feedback should be done?

    One thing I have noticed when you purchase goods online, whether from ebay merchants or from amazon, is that the feedback is actually usually pretty accurate. I've usually gotten a bad product when I bought something cheap with bad feedback, and gotten bilked when I bought from an ebay user with bad feedback.

    So, if there were some mechanism that had some protection to where patients that actually had been seen by a particular doctor could post feedback, it could make it easier to find a good one. And doubly so for health insurance providers : if existing subscribers could post their complaints, then it would also help immensely for patients to find the providers that actually pay their claims.

    The government would run or regulate these online sites : there would be a verification mechanism to ensure that only people who were actually patients of a specific doctor could post, and the same with insurance providers.

    I'm sure it would have problems, but I think such a system could be made to work pretty well.
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    ha ha! if you really wanna do that, and you need reviews, i am ready to help you with it...!:D

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