Some doctors are attempting to prevent patients from posting negative reviews about them online.
Wired PR News.com – Some doctors have resorted to legal means to try and prevent unhappy patients from giving them negative reviews on the Internet. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), some doctors are now requesting that patients sign waiver agreements that would prohibit them from posting bad comments on consumer rating websites like RateMDs.com.
Several doctors have reportedly enlisted help from monitoring services that assist with helping get offending comments removed from sites, if patients agree to sign waivers before seeking care. Some also reportedly choose to suggest another physician to patients who refuse such agreements.
John Swapceinski, who co-founded RateMDs.com, is quoted in the AP report as stating of the matter, “They’re basically forcing the patients to choose between health care and their First Amendment rights, and I really find that repulsive.”
Breach of these types of waivers are said to possibly warrant legal action in accordance with their provisions.