As the founder of one of America’s leading doctor rating Web sites, I’ve had many opportunities to talk to doctors about what they think of these sites.
As you might imagine, the opinions run from “what a horrible development this is” to “what a great idea.”
One thing I have found is that no one seems to be bothered by a Web site that gives patients accurate information on doctors. The doctors who don’t like the idea of these sites usually only express concern that the information may not be reliable. They have a point. Unless there are a lot of ratings, it is likely that the ratings could be skewed.
Because of that likelihood, some doctors come to the conclusion that these physician rating Web sites should be ignored or closed. I take the opposite view.
The more people use these sites, the more representative the ratings will be.
If you’ve seen a doctor, fill out the brief DrScore survey at www.DrScore.com. Help the public see a more representative sample of how doctors are doing. If we can get that kind of sample, I don’t think doctors will have anything to be afraid of.