fbpx

I Got Multiple 1 Star Reviews as a Doctor. So I Did This.

What do you do when you have multiple bad reviews? What if they're all written by one patient? An anonymous confession.

May 30, 2022

One of my patients decided to drop multiple (at least 15) 1 star reviews on Google business profile.

I went into one of the physician FB groups I am a part of (see our communities page for groups you can join!) and asked for recommendations on lawyers for a possible defamation case.
My 5 star rating dropped to 3.5 stars because of these reviews.
Multiple lawyers suggest to send cease and deceit letter and cost was anywhere from $1500 to $5000 just for the letter.
So I decided to create one on my own using online template with references on defamation laws in CA along with example of prior lawsuits where doctor won the defamatory case against patients posting negative reviews.
My 5 star rating dropped to 3.5 stars because of these reviews.
Many other docs suggested to dilute the negative reviews with positive ones but you can’t really dilute 15 plus bad reviews.
Within one hour of sending the letter via email, all reviews were deleted by patients.

Many other docs suggested to dilute the negative reviews with positive ones but you can't really dilute 15 plus bad reviews. Share on X

 

 

Moral of the story:

Doctors (in private practice) are dependent on excellent online reputation to get points, as I have almost zero referral base in my dpc/concierge practice.
Also, bad reviews does affect us when we try hard to do everything right.
So don’t be afraid of these types of patients and fight back.
You can easy send legal notices using online template or if you really want a lawyer you can find one thru legalshield or similar types of membership.

All opinions published on SomeDocs-Mag are the author’s and do not reflect the official position of SoMeDocs, its staff, editors. SoMeDocs is a magazine built with the safety of free expression and diverse perspectives in mind. For more information, or to submit your own opinion, please see our submission guidelines or email opmed@doximity.com. Do you have a compelling personal story you’d like to see published on SoMeDocs? Find out what we’re looking for here and submit your writing, or send us a pitch.

All opinions published on SomeDocs-Mag are the author’s and do not reflect the official position of SoMeDocs, its staff, editors. SoMeDocs is a magazine built with the safety of free expression and diverse perspectives in mind. Do you have a compelling personal story you’d like to see published on SoMeDocs? Submit your own article now here.

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This learning experience is powered by CMEfy - a platform that brings relevant CMEs to busy clinicians, at the right place and right time. Using short learning nudges, clinicians can reflect and unlock AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Of Interest

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

Alexandra Stockwell, MD

Speaker: Alexandra Stockwell, MD

Entertaining and inspirational, Dr. Alexandra will share engaging stories and practical tips to uplevel relationships, whether audience members are single, married, happy or struggling.

Meridith Englander, MD

Meridith Englander, MD

Interventional radiologist who practiced for 18 years before leaving clinical medicine for a career at a non-profit, regional health care plan.

Robin Schoenthaler, MD

Robin Schoenthaler, MD

Experienced and accomplished radiation oncologist whose life work is caring for cancer patients and writing and speaking about love, loss, cancer, caring, bereavement, guilt, grief and the complexities of living a full wild and precious life.

Want More?

Be a part of our healthcare revolution. Don't miss a thing SoMeDocs publishes!

Disclaimer: SoMeDocs assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, claims, or content of the individual experts' profiles, contributions and courses. Details within posts cannot be verified. This site does not represent medical advice and you should always consult with your private physician before taking on anything you read online. See SoMeDocs' Terms of Use for more information.

follow us

© 2024 SoMeDocs. All Rights Reserved.

Soak up content & grow

Educational reflections..

Drop your email address below and we’ll email you the link for continuing opportunity pathways from CMEfy. Check your spam folder if you do not receive our email. We’ll also add you to our Sunday newsletter, so you can receive even more of our unique content!

Support A Platform that Celebrates Real Doctors

For as little as $10, you can help keep this openly accessible site available to all & help us sponsor in more doctors.

Interested in subscribing
to our unique content?

Interested in subscribing to our unique content?

Site SoMeDocs Logo, square

WANT TO STAY IN THE LOOP?

DON'T MISS A SINGLE CONTENT PIECE.