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Belgian Order of Physicians displeased with doctor review site
The National Council of the Order of Physicians in Belgium is not happy with the creation of a new site in which patients can rate doctors and share their experiences. Wisdoc, a sort of 'Trip Advisor for doctors', was created by a Brussels startup and contains the data of all doctors operating in Belgium, writes De Standaard.
"The main aim of the site is to help patients find the doctor or specialist they need," says Sofie Vanderhasselt, one of the founders of the site, in the newspaper. "If patients can share information with each other, they will be more likely to get the right treatment."
Wisdoc users can give their health professional a score in terms of readiness to listen, explanation, follow-up and availability. “This allows patients to search for a specialist in their area with the most recommendations," says Vanderhasselt.
The Order of Physicians has reacted unfavourably. "Such a score is a snapshot; it is immediately dated and therefore of little use, and even misleading," says Michel Deneyer of the Order. "It can harm the doctor's business. We recommend that physicians have their name removed from the site if they do not agree with it."