Doctors warn about doctor-rating web sites
The Quebec College of Physicians is urging patients not to take those Trip Advisor-type web sites out there, that allow people to anonymously rate their doctors, too seriously.
Dr. Charles Bernard, the head of the College, wrote a blog post on the organization's web site this past week urging caution about web sites like RateMD, which take comments on doctors from random Internet users.
He says the ratings on these sites are often subjective, and don't tell the whole story. Very often, the ratings and posts on these sites are based on consultations which last no longer than a few minutes.
A more reliable way to find out about a doctor's competence, he says, is to get in touch with the College.
"We invite people to phone, or get in touch through our web site," Dr. Bernard says. "You will have the right information on what is his specialty, what is his history, does he have any disciplinary history or sanctions."
He points out that the College, too, welcomes feedback from patients.