The Raleigh-Durham News & Observer has a story about websites that rate doctors. Sites like Vimo, DrScore, and RateMDs let people post opinions about their physicians. The information is useful as far as it goes, although of course it’s affected by small sample size, bias and the limited ability patients have to judge outcomes.
Beyond that there’s another serious flaw. It’s hard to get an appointment with many physicians. Either their practices or closed or they are booking months out. More useful might be a service that shows people how to get in to see hard-to-see docs. Of course you wouldn’t want that information to become too widespread.October 2, 2007