German doctors fear that performance rating websites may be libellous

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 09 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:276
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    As the number of German websites that try to judge doctors' performances according to patients' opinions rises, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) has warned doctors to contact the providers of websites that they think may be libelling them.

    However, doctors may not be aware of negative comments about them, because the websites are not obliged to inform the respective doctors when the comments appear.

    Last week a Munich agency launched a new website ( listing addresses of about 170 000 doctors and 120 000 other …

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