Healthgrades and RateMDs are both online resources that give doctors a rating from one to five based on online patient satisfaction reviews, according to WebMD. Yelp and Vitals are two other online services that also rate doctors based on third-party reviews by patients, explains ThinkHealth. Healthgrades and Yelp are the most popular online rating services for doctors.
Healthgrades allows an individual to search for a doctor using three different criteria: experience, patient satisfaction and hospital quality, which confirms a doctor can treat at a three-star or higher rated hospital, states Healthgrades. Information available on each doctor includes the number of years in practice, education, licensing and certification, hospital affiliations and insurance accepted, according to WebMD.
RateMDs also allows an individual to review the educational background and hospital affiliations of a doctor, as well as the number of ratings, average rating and the date the doctor was last reviewed, states WebMD. RateMDs provides a link to the doctor's local state board of medicine if an individual wishes to receive more information on a specific doctor.
Due to the fact that the ratings on each of the four listed websites are based on the reviews of other patients, opinions may vary drastically from the negative to the positive for any given doctor, explains ThinkHealth. It is important to read through the reviews and search for patterns, such as specific issues mentioned in negative reviews, or a number of good reviews spread out over wide period of time, in order to make an informed decision.