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Ratings are for doctors, too


Devices used to take blood pressure, temperature, and examine eyes and ears rest on a wall inside of a doctor's office in New York March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Devices used to take blood pressure, temperature, and examine eyes and ears rest on a wall inside of a doctor's office in New York March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

UNDATED (WTVB) - Would you say your doctor is a five-star physician? More Americans are using patient ratings to choose their doctors. At least that's according to a new WebMD study that found 35-percent of people surveyed said they chose a doctor because of positive ratings.  Thirty-seven percent said they avoided doctors because of negative ratings from patient ratings websites such as Healthgrades.com and RateMDs.com.  Researchers say this is a big shift away from picking a doctor based on closeness to where a patient lives or works.  The study is published in the latest edition of the "Journal of the American Medical Association."

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