Perhaps the best known and most reputable physician rating service is Health Grades, a no nonsense, “just the facts” site that requires paid access to view physician ratings. Rate MDs is different. It’s a free wheeling, let it all hang out message board style web site with open access to all. Although users have the option to create an account, it’s not necessary in order to post or view, and commenters do not have to give any identifying information.
According to the FAQ page although patient comments are reviewed for appropriateness they are posted “immediately.” The site owners imply they may delete inappropriate comments, but here’s a sampling of what did not get deleted:
does breast exam for no reason
this doctor is a bully
this man is a joke
I fully blame this doctor for my aunt’s death
--just a creep!
trained his staff to lie---------
Don’t go to ---------they will kill you in there
On a more positive note:
-----and he is cute!!!!
If you’re a doctor and don’t like the ratings: “The fact of the matter is that this site is only going to get more popular as time goes by, so the best way of dealing with it is to use it rather than try to fight it.” (In other words, get over it).
I’m a doctor. How do I get my name removed from your site? “The short answer is, you don’t.”
And if you’re thinking about legal action against the web site, don’t bother, say the owners (FAQ # 18).
Have a look. Are you rated?