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OMG! Who the heck put together the list under Find a Doctor

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was looking for a spine surgeon and thought, "what better resource to use than Spine Health?"
So I went to the 'Find A Doctor' search, plugged in the info and my zip code....
I got a list of about ten doctors spread out all over Northern Ca and NV. None of the physicians in my town were even listed. And no one from San Francisco!?
Who put that list together? That's ridiculous!
How can anyone expect to find a physician if there is hardly anyone listed? Do Dr.'s pay to have their name listed in the search? If so, isn't that like lobbying? or advertising?
I expected from Spine Health to be given a comprehensive list to choose from. Ridiculous.... that really bothers me. I think it really reflects badly on this site to be honest.
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  • I just tried it too, it came up with a bunch of docs from Fresno and the bay area, none from SanFrancisco. I think it must be a paid advertising service :^o
  • I have no idea how it works for this web site but, I do know that when doctors are in magazines, and are "published", they usually pay for it. I'm NOT saying that it's this way here, I haven't even looked at it yet. Jusr commenting on what I know about the medical magazines. I thought it was an interesting fact.
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  • Hiya, :)
    Try google, type orthopedic surgeons...then your area, you should get a bunch of doctors, and you can check up on them :? . Hope this helps you! :D Let me know how you get on! :? If you have a complaint :O , message one of the moderators :) , they are also very helpful. :)


    Angie x @)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    Jenn, I understand your concern and have forwarded it on.
    I just can not imagine that every doctor in a particular area is going to be listed.
    But I will get you an answer
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • That some doctors register with either a site or a service. The service is like a registry and they can provide the list (whether thru sales or other)to websites or search engines.

    Not sure how SH does theirs, but I would imagine it fairly similar. Not all docs want to be listed on the Internet. It's like times of old, when you used to truly be able to have an unlisted phone number vs being in the white pages.
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  • I beleive there is only one listed for the UK...
    Makes you laugh, here we are searching for people who know what they are about in Spinal surgery and there is no-one listed!

    No help!
  • Badger,

    I sent a PM for you regarding this posting.

    Kin
  • I live in the 2nd largest city in my state... no real list of doctors here on this site
  • good results with that search in my city. I did not check out other areas though.
  • This is an important matter. I think of this site as a valuable and reputable site where I can get good information regarding spine health. We need to keep talking about this list so that people can share opinions on what they would like to see on the site.

    I would like to see a comprehensive list of doctors by area. I believe that the larger more high tech and up to date centers should be listed, as well as individual private practice physicians. I think its important to know a little about these doctors, too. I think on the doctor's individual page there should be a comment area for people who have gone to them to comment on the doctor. For instance, if someone went to a doctor off the list and saw that they weren't even accredited...they could post this in the comments section. Or, if the physician has excellent bedside manner and his patients all adore him...they can post it. This is a great way to give people an idea of who it is they are considering seeing.

    -Jenn
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