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Doctor Rating Systems – Flawed??

A December 8, 2007 editorial depicts the importance of an accurate way for consumers to rate their physicians and the possible flaws with current systems. As it currently stands, most insurers rate doctors based on the cost of care, not the quality of the care received. From the onset, this is a biased system as the insurers are likely to rate doctors with lost costs higher than those with higher costs. However, there is surely no indication that low cost doctors provide better care. In fact, some may argue the exact opposite is true. Regardless, a better alternative to the current system would likely include factors other than physician cost – hopefully factors more indicative of the quality of care each doctor provides.

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