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Quality is Not Just About Price

Posted Apr 06 2009 11:15pm

Doctor Ratings


I love the idea of empowering consumers to exercise choice, encouraging them to become an active participant in making decisions about their health care, and incenting them to find the best value before seeking health care services.   It’s important to note that value is about quality and price so if you end up finding the lowest-cost provider, but the quality of service is less than desirable – you have not found a good value.   I often use recommendations from family, friends and community members when researching a new doctor, facility or hospital.   Asking consumer’s questions like, “what did you think of that doctor? Would you recommend their services? What didn’t you like about the facility?”   These are all very helpful questions for you to ask when trying to learn about a new provider.    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


If you’d rather use online tools to lookup recommendations and ratings of doctors, there are a number of sources available.   For additional information, you can read a white paper onMD Rating Websites: Current State of the Space and Future Prospects.  Ruth Given has written a 39-page analysis that takes a comprehensive look at many of the doctor rating sites that exist today.


Here’s a list of doctor rating websites to get you started.>


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