In a small, but scary trend, a growing niche of health care providers are requiring their patients to sign away their right to comment openly, anonymously, publicly and privately about the level of service they received from that physician – good or bad.
So, even if you’ve had a great experience with your doctor and you want to share that information on a forum where expectant mothers gather to chat, or even with just your friends and family, you can’t do it if you sign that waiver. Well, we’re completely against any attempt to stifle free speech. Consumers – or patients – should be free to post doctor reviews
, just as that doctor has a right to respond to that review.
One complaint from the medical community is that online rating services are filled with anonymous and critical reviews of doctors. But Angie’s List reviews aren’t anonymous – we, and the doctor being reviewed, know exactly who submitted the report. And, for the most part, the vast majority of the health reviews submitted to Angie’s List are positive.
What do you think? Should patients be required to waive their right to free speech in order to receive care from their doctor? Would you allow a surgeon to operate on you, knowing that if something goes wrong you have lost your right to make others aware of that doctor’s performance? Have you had to sign a privacy waiver yourself?
Check out some recent press on medical gag orders on Fox Tampa
, Fox News
and Florida Health News