How bad do online doctor rating sites suck?

A scathing critique of these doctor rating sites show that physicians have very little to worry about.

A doctor writes in Slate (via the ACP Internist) about how he tried his best to find usable ratings about himself and colleagues and comes up with a “shocking lack of useful information.”

The sites were inundated with ads, promoting “cheap generic Viagra [and] fantasy football leagues,” amongst others. Reading the few comments that existed was akin to “listening in on unhinged talk radio.”

The paid sites weren’t much better. The few negative comments that were found were easily negated by stuffing the reviews with overwhelmingly positive reports and scores.

There are so few checks and balances regulating the sites, it renders the entire enterprise pretty much worthless.

topics: rating, ratemds