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Patient Satisfaction With Their Doctor Can Be a Dangerous Thing

Posted On : September 28, 2014,   Time : 11:34 pm

Just how reliable is a patient rating of their physician? That’s the question asked by USA Today. The newspaper noted that a variety of factors can go into how patients rate their doctor. Among the biggest is their overall satisfaction, which can run counterintuitively to what course of care is actually best for them. Nevertheless, patient satisfaction is a significant factor in how Medicare determines payments to doctors and hospitals. As a result, many doctors feel pressured to overutilize tests and other medical services. USA Today quoted a study from the journal Emergency Physicians Monthly concluding that nearly 60% of emergency room doctors ordered more tests read more