While of course there are always those who seek to defame a doctor for bad reasons, there are also honest opinions... it seems to me that what the doctors (below) are trying to do is not good overall, and may also constitute an unconstitutional breach of freedom of speech ultimately, anyway... Docs seek gag orders to stop patients' reviews By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090304/ap_on_he_me/med_gagging_patients Mar 4, 2009 CHICAGO – The anonymous comment on the Web site RateMDs.com was unsparing: "Very unhelpful, arrogant," it said of a doctor. "Did not listen and cut me off, seemed much too happy to have power (and abuse it!) over suffering people." Such reviews are becoming more common as consumer ratings services like Zagat's and Angie's List expand beyond restaurants and plumbers to medical care, and some doctors are fighting back. They're asking patients to agree to what amounts to a gag order that bars them from posting negative comments online. "Consumers and patients are hungry for good information" about doctors, but Internet reviews provide just the opposite, contends Dr. Jeffrey Segal, a North Carolina neurosurgeon who has made a business of helping doctors monitor and prevent online criticism. ... His company, Medical Justice, is based in Greensboro, N.C. For a fee, it provides doctors with a standardized waiver agreement. Patients who sign agree not to post online comments about the doctor, "his expertise and/or treatment." "Published comments on Web pages, blogs and/or mass correspondence, however well intended, could severely damage physician's practice," according to suggested wording the company provides. Segal's company advises doctors to have all patients sign the agreements. If a new patient refuses, the doctor might suggest finding another doctor. Segal said he knows of no cases where longtime patients have been turned away for not signing the waivers. Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090304/ap_on_he_me/med_gagging_patients --- I know I've had good relationships with doctors that suddenly turned sour because of the doctor's failure to follow through... seems to me one should be able to post honestly and again, we all have to make judgements one way or another. If someone really unjustly defamed a doctor, it seems that doctor could always resort to civil suit. Sticky question every which way, but... what do you all think?