The ubiquitous Zagat guides are known for an assortment of mostly leisure-related topics including hotels, spas, golf courses, movies and nightlife. Now the editors are asking people covered by one of the country’s largest commercial insurers to post reviews of their doctors and rate them in categories like trust and communication.
As in other Zagat guides, the responses are summarized and presented as scores that, in this case, are edited by the insurance company WellPoint. They can be viewed only by WellPoint customers. The reviews are being introduced online to millions of WellPoint’s Blue Cross plan members across the country.
Robert Mixxon MD (Pediatrician)
"Dr Mixxon is just ok. I mean, I liked his waiting room (lots of coloring books and toys and cute little mini-chairs for the kids and a giant aquarium, although I did notice a couple dead goldfish floating at the surface). But he's not exactly a world class charmer. I mean, where's the silliness? Would it kill him to make a few exaggerated facial expressions? Would it be putting him out too much to maybe tickle little Joey a couple times? Couldn't he like wear a clown nose or have a pen with a little mini-stuffed animal attached to the cap? Overall, the effect was rather a little too desultory; utilitarian but ultimately unsatisfying."
-Reviewed by LourdesNYC
Sussanah Pledget MD (Internist)
"This chick is hot. Smoking hot. I'm a healthy guy but I'm going to have to find new excuses to make another appointment. If you're heterosexual, I strongly suggest smoking, overeating, and using a lot of hard core drugs so you can get in to see Dr Pledget as much as possible."
-Reviewed by StanTheMan
Anil Patel MD (Gastroenterologist)
"I like Dr Patel. His skin is an eclectic mix of caramel and chocolate, but tastes more like expensive aftershave (I would not recommend trying to lick his fingers like I did; awkward!) He's a great physician. Very handsome. He drives a red BMW so if you wait in the McDonald's parking lot across the street you can follow him home."
-Reviewed by LooonyLorrie
Kyle Stoffer MD (Dermatologist)
"What a disaster this guy is. He comes in, looks at my hideous rash, writes me a prescription for some 'special cream' and then he's gone. I'm like, don't you want to see my blood sugar trends for the past 6 months, but he'd already slammed the door in my face. And my ankles were especially swollen that morning and he didn't even press on them. And I've been so tired lately, it's like if it isn't my fibromyalgia acting up, I can hardly get out of bed. Dr Stoffer is not my idea of a compassionate physician!"
-Reviewed by Phyllis_Lunddun
Joseph Manheim MD (Surgeon)
"Bad teeth, bad breath, and a chilly demeanor. And he wears paisley ties with striped shirts. I'd rather have my dog's vet take out my gallbladder."
-Reviewed by Connie_in_Poughkeepsie
Theresa Knowles MD (Family Practice)
"I'm not a doctor (admittedly) but sometimes I wonder if Dr Knowles knows what in the hell she's doing. I mean, look at my skin. It's all saggy and wrinkled and hideous and she says there isn't anything she can do about it. All she wants to talk about is my goddam blood pressure. Meanwhile, I have these swollen blackened sacks under my poor eyes and she says there's no medicine that will make it go away. Is she stupid? Doesn't she realize I can Google these things? Hello? Don't they teach doctors about sliced cucumbers anymore in medical school? I highly recommened seeking your medical advice from someone else."
-Reviewed by Dolores_Astor1932