My experience in the US:
I have posted some negativity on Medical websites and gone back to see if there where any Reponses and my negative comments were gone/ deleted.
When I post positive comments they remain there for years.
(04-17-2016, 10:24 AM)Phill Wrote: Having recently written a letter to my so called "sleep doctor" expressing my opinion of him and his department, doing a search I find there is a website here in the UK where you can make comments and give your quack a star rating. anonymous of course.
I was wondering if this was allowed in the States, and if in either country they were able to work out who the poster was, whether you could end up in court.
it'll take more than a doctor to prescribe a remedy
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04-17-2016, 10:57 AM
(This post was last modified: 04-17-2016, 11:06 AM by justMongo.)
There are websites in the US where people rate doctors.
There are sites where one can review everything from their gardener to the local sandwich shop.
Nothing is truly anonymous on the web. So, a poster could be identified.
Posting an opinion usually is not actionable. Posting negative information that is true does not constitute libel nor slander.
One must keep in mind that anyone can sue for anything; whether the case has merit is to be determined.
I would think that in the UK and US that a person could end up in court having to prove that what they posted is true.
Society has become very litigious. I can envision a case where a person posts a positive review of some person or business entity; then gets sued by a person who relied on that information. The legal theory is known as detrimental reliance.
I have observed that when asking a doctor for an opinion of another doctor, that silence is usually a sign of a low opinion.
In my career field, I stopped giving references when asked by prospective employers and by the US government regarding security access.
I could see where it could come back to bite me.
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