Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we talked with a Rand researcher about his new study on physician ratings. The study’s release Monday was particularly timely, as the California Medical Association had just filed suit against Blue Shield's program that lists performance data on the state's doctors.
CMA claimed that the rankings were very inaccurate and favored cheaper doctors over those who were more expensive. Blue Shield responded that it didn’t take costs into account, only results.
What was fascinating about the Rand study is that it showed almost none of what you’d think would be examples of a physician’s competency factored into patient outcomes. Neither years of experience, board certification, nor particular medical school seemed to make much difference.
What, then, do you we use for criteria in choosing a physician? You’ve got me, but I’d like to know how you choose a doctor.
One of our listeners complained that the best doctors aren’t taking new patients, while another said that the finest in the field are those that have refused accepting insurance.