Healthgrades, RateMDs and Vitals are three websites that provide physicians' patient-submitted ratings, explains WebMD. The websites have limitations, such as that the ratings they offer are opinion-based and not based on scientifically recorded data, but are a tool people can use when looking for a doctor.
Healthgrades and Vitals offer ratings for both medical doctors and dentists, while the primary focus of RateMDs is on physician ratings, according to WebMD. A provider's rating on Healthgrades is based on the percentage of reviewers recommending the doctor or dentist. The site also provides other information on the provider that prospective patients can use when deciding whether or not to choose that provider, such as the number of years in practice, educational background, training, languages spoken and insurance plans accepted.
Vitals displays patient ratings based on a four-star system that enables patients to rate doctors and dentists based on criteria such as bedside manner, accurate diagnosis and promptness, notes WebMD. Patients are also able to type reviews detailing their experiences with providers, explains the Vitals website.
RateMDs also features both ratings and reviews from patients, although it uses a scoring system that goes up to five, states WebMD. There is also a link to the state medicine board with which the doctor is provided, so site users can look up further information about physicians.