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#1
Angry 
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.Dielaughing 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.

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#2
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.Dielaughing 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.

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Observations and recommendations communicated here are the perceptions of the writer and should not be misconstrued as medical advice.
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#3
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.
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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#4
"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."

Well what a surprise that is!DielaughingDielaughing

Think I will give it a week to see if I get any response from him before posting any adverse comments on the site.
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(04-17-2016, 10:57 AM)justMongo Wrote: I have observed that when asking a doctor for an opinion of another doctor, that silence is usually a sign of a low opinion.

I recently had such an opportunity to ask the 'advance practice nurse' who works with my family doctor of her opinion of the orthpedic doctors group that works for the same health care system as the family doctor. She was super slowwww.......in answering and when she did - it was definitely negative. She then added that I could do my own research of the area doctors and perhaps find one who was more personable than their group. To me that says she doesn't have a lot of confidence in the group ortho doctors.

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#6
This is about the same as defending the educational status of this forum, if it is challenged with the filing of a law suit, then the side will close. No matter right or wrong you had better have the cash to back up what you are saying and be very careful of how you say it.

I personally know of a person that hired a contractor and gave a very bad review for something that I considered to be my friends lack of communication. He posted many anonymous bad reviews about the contractor and then got notified via his anonymous email address that the review site was being subpoenaed for his contact information.

You better be right and better be willing to spend money to prove it, lots of money.
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#7
I had to contact my health care company due to reaching the age of 65 and having to register for Medicare. They wouldn't pay my DME until I registered Medicare as a co-pay. I commented to the insurance rep that the DME was way overcharging, for example, $16 for one of the paper filters that goes into my A10. She didn't seem to care....
Sleep is worth the effort.
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#8
A comment quite often made on the site is that if you are unhappy with any part of your treatment find another medic, the trouble is we run a different system.

I considered that my diagnosis and treatment by the drones in the department was abysmal, stuff this I thought, I will pay to have a consultation with the senior man in the area, he just happens to be head of the department running the poorly performing drones.
Clearly there is no way he is going to criticise or overrule members of his own department, so as we say over here, I am well and truly stuffed.

As for being taken to court for complaining, I will just plead insanity.Dielaughing
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#9
Please do not take this as an offense against your country... I see this as a failure of a National Health System.
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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#10
jM,
No offense taken at all, I have made my feelings on this subject perfectly clear in the past.

What the answer is I do not know, but the message I get is that the present system is unsustainable especially as in many places with our aging populations.
A system that is seen as "free" is always going to be taken advantage of.

I take it you are aware that your President Obama is coming to see us this week.Sad
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