ABC News Investigates Top Doctor Awards: Are They Always Well Deserved?

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Doctor Rating Systems in Doubt

The dubious nature of some of these awards have led experts to question the rating systems altogether. Sepkowitz said, "the beauty of the doctor-patient relationship is that it is not quantifiable, and the magic that takes place when it does work is the last sort of thing that these sorts of ratings could measure."

Unfortunately, many patients are now left in doubt of a rating system they once trusted. Fleetwood said, "Patients need to be very careful about award lists and should "be as skeptical about these listings as possible."

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