Top Doc is a joke

Every U.S. city has a local magazine that runs an annual doctor beauty pageant known as Top Doctors. You'd be amazed how much energy goes into this. Big hospitals engineer ballot-stuffing projects. Doctors scheme how to get noticed as a top doc. So, what's wrong with this? Well, it embodies what's wrong with U.S. healthcare. At a time when society is racing to ascribe value to everything based on fact-based objective performance and customer perspective, Top Docs is based on nothing. Here's the Top Doc nominating application

Here's what we find interesting:

  • Only healthcare professionals vote for each other.

  • And top docs is based on one question: "If you're loved one needed care, what doctor would you call?"

  • No patients vote

  • No performance data is used

This is the basis for rating and honoring the top heart surgeon? Holy cow.

Read: Portland Monthly Top Docs

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