Rate your Doctor


Ariadne
#1
www.ratemd.com/canada/index.jsp (external - login to view)
This site was mentioned on the news last night ... a good way to see what people think about your doctor, or an opportunity to add your doctor to the list. I don't think doctors like the site.
 
Tonington
#2
I can't believe the other rating someone gave my doctor, a 5/5 for punctuality...I've never had an appointment where I was in on time, or even within a half an hour of the scheduled appointment. Once, I had an appointment for 8AM, she didn't even arrive at her office until 9AM, and I was 4th in line....
 
I think not
#3
Cool site. Thanks for the link!

My doc is 5/5.
 
Ariadne
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by ToningtonView Post

I can't believe the other rating someone gave my doctor, a 5/5 for punctuality...I've never had an appointment where I was in on time, or even within a half an hour of the scheduled appointment. Once, I had an appointment for 8AM, she didn't even arrive at her office until 9AM, and I was 4th in line....

I haven't added my former doctor to the list, but I will. The staff in the office are soooooooooooo rude and condescending you have to wonder where they get the attitude from - like maybe from the doctor? I would phone to have my son seen because he'd been coughing and sick for a month and they would book an appointment 3 weeks down the road. The doctor would order tests and never review them. He has this great scam going with the government (pilot project started years ago) where he charges health care a monthly fee for every patient that he has. His patient load is rediculous and it's impossible to make timely appointments. When you do have an appointment, the waiting room is empty. He sends people for x-rays and then asks the patient to bring the x-rays to him, where he holds them up to a window and makes decisions. He attends conferences to educate other doctors about how to turn their practice into a thriving business. He used to be good, but he seems to have completely lost interest in medicine. I think the craziest thing he did was offer $100 to people that would try out an anti-flu inhaler that had not yet been approved - I believe that is actually unethical.
 
Tonington
#5
Yah, disgusting. Someone want to explain how a private clinic would be worse for us than having jerk-offs like that? Simple concept, if you're not providing a good service, your customers will go elsewhere. In our under-funded public system we don't have much choice, few would put themselves through that if they had the choice to go elsewhere. If the government isn't prepared to make our universal equal access health care adequate enough, where the hell do they get off telling us what we can and cannot do in regards to our own healthcare...
 
selfactivated
#6
I have a different method to finding docs than most. I'll deffinately add my team and give them A+. I HIRE doctors. I interview them before I let them examine me. My Shrinks (Psychologist and councilor) had to go through a 30 minute interview before I hired them and my Physician got the job mostly based on the fact he's not only a GP but a substance abuse specialist. Im not and adict but I have used prescriptions in a self destructive way in the past. We have a deal he never prescibes anything that a 6 year old couldnt have. Works well.

Docs are to important in peoples lives to screw around with mediocre or just plain quacks.
 
L Gilbert
#7
Funny, I haven't had a doctor in years that didn't want me to make an app't for a chat before anything medical. Kinda like a get to know you sorta gabfest. The one I have now has pretty much the same interests as me so anytime I see him we're gabbing away about stuff while he's doing his thing. Last time he wanted to know what I thought of my Dakota. Guess his old hunting beater is sucking too much gas and getting old.
I had a substance abuse specialist once. Fired him within a week. Told him he was nothing but a pillpusher and kinda arrogant and dense, as well.
 
selfactivated
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Funny, I haven't had a doctor in years that didn't want me to make an app't for a chat before anything medical. Kinda like a get to know you sorta gabfest. The one I have now has pretty much the same interests as me so anytime I see him we're gabbing away about stuff while he's doing his thing. Last time he wanted to know what I thought of my Dakota. Guess his old hunting beater is sucking too much gas and getting old.
I had a substance abuse specialist once. Fired him within a week. Told him he was nothing but a pillpusher and kinda arrogant and dense, as well.

Thats incouraging (not the Dakota the gabfest ) This is one of my pet peeves, I lecture my friends all the time.
 
karrie
#9
while some of the thing you rate the docs on makes sense, others are just ridiculous... like punctuality. I'm sorry, but half the time in this neck of the woods, if your doc is late its because they got called into the hospital for something. it happens all the time when things get too busy, or their patients take a turn for the worse. so 'jo blo' gets pissed off because his health care wasn't given priority and writes a bad review, but it doesn't give the doc a chance to explain.

but all in all, i think it's good to have a rating system. i've had some really ****ty docs. especially during the onset of my fibromyalgia. i was fed all sorts of bull**** about why i was in so much pain. everything from false diagnosis of depression, to telling me that it was just a weight issue (i was roughly 20lbs overweight at the time, not enough to cause severe pain). it hit the point where i was not allowed to seek anymore help from the docs in my town until i let them put me on anti-depressants, because they did not believe that i was a happy person aside from the pain. i ended up playing guinea pig just to get a diagnosis, and wound up suicidal from the meds. turns out, if you're not depressed, antidepressants have the totally opposite effect.

it wasn't until i moved here that i found a doc who was willing to discuss physio and natural options (and didn't think i'm just a head case). she's very hesitant to prescribe meds (especially since fibro tends to make you react the wrong way to meds, sleeping pills will keep you awake that sort of thing), and she's very thorough about making sure what a problem is before proceeding, not forming an opinion and charging ahead with no proof like my past docs.

all that being said, I still don't think I'd write a review for any of them, or pay any attention to anyone else's opinion about what makes a good doc. my opinion is the one that matters, and it really only matters to me
 
Ariadne
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by ToningtonView Post

Yah, disgusting. Someone want to explain how a private clinic would be worse for us than having jerk-offs like that? Simple concept, if you're not providing a good service, your customers will go elsewhere. In our under-funded public system we don't have much choice, few would put themselves through that if they had the choice to go elsewhere. If the government isn't prepared to make our universal equal access health care adequate enough, where the hell do they get off telling us what we can and cannot do in regards to our own healthcare...

That is the kind of jerk off that will set up the first private clinic with a two tiered system just to keep the money flowing from the government while at the same time dipping into people's pockets. In fact, he is doing everything he can to make the current system seem as unattractive as possible. I went to this doctor after I hurt my back a couple of years ago and they were going to charge me $30 just to give me a paper referal to a physiotherapist. This guy charges for absolutely everything that he can get away with. They said that the only way I could have some of the treatments covered by health care was to pay the money. I told them to forget it and got the free referal from a walk-in clinic.
 
tamarin
#11
I saw the article on the site last night. As long as all views posted are tagged with the poster's real name it's okay. Anything else is cowardly.
 
tracy
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

all that being said, I still don't think I'd write a review for any of them, or pay any attention to anyone else's opinion about what makes a good doc. my opinion is the one that matters, and it really only matters to me

I couldn't agree more. I can't tell you how many times I've seen one family LOVE a doc and another family HATE them.
 

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