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Remove online reviews of doctors!

Doctors and other healthcare providers are reviewed on online review sites, similar to other businesses.  We, however, are not like those other businesses.  These online reviews are an open forum to the public written by patients, who are allowed to share their stories and photos explaining their experiences that they had with their doctor.  Often these reviews are negative and accuse the doctors of complications or mismanagement from medical visits, treatments and procedures that they have had.  Unlike other businesses, we, the doctors, are not allowed to respond, to defend our case or share any facts or photos to the public because of HIPAA and medical privacy laws.  We, the doctors, find this extremely unfair and unjust.  If patients are allowed to review us, then we should be able to defend the review and be able to state publicly our side of the story.   This is a clear cut prohibition and violation of our rights to defend ourselves and to protect our names and reputations. These reviews that are often one sided, impact our livelihood and medical practices. They also cause emotional distress to the doctors, who cannot explain their side of the story that is out in the public forum for others to read and believe.   Also, many doctors fearing poor reviews will overprescribe and overtest just to "satisfy" patients.  We, the doctors, should not be pressured to do things to get good reviews.  We want to provide medical care not customer care.  This affs the care to our patients and society as a whole.   We ask for immediate withdrawal of ALL doctors and providers, who are affected by HIPAA and medical privacy laws, from being reviewed on these online review sites. Until we can defend ourselves, a review should not be posted to which we cannot respond.

Physicians Working Together
33,918 supporters
Petitioning Yelp

Tell Yelp It's Time To #SuckLess And Help Fight Straw Pollution

Americans use more than 170 million plastic straws every day. After one single use, those straws will take 200 years to decompose. Many straws will end up in the ocean, where they will injure or even kill the marine life they come in contact with. Using plastic straws has become such a habit that most restaurants hand them out with every beverage, without even asking their customers. It’s time to stop this habit, and change the culture around single-use plastics. For the sake of sea animals, it’s time to #SuckLess. Yelp, we the undersigned are asking you to help us with this mission: Please add a ‘straws upon request’ label to your restaurant listings. This will encourage restaurant owners to voluntarily change their straw-dispensing habits, and it will empower your users to make an ecologically friendly choice when selecting a restaurant. Most importantly, it will encourage people to think before reaching for a straw – which we hope will reduce the amount of harmful plastic waste that ends up in our oceans every year. For more information on our request, please visit: https://sealawards.com/yelp-suck-less/   ABOUT SEAL AWARDS The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards is an awards-driven environmental advocacy organization. Our core beliefs maintain that our environmental progress requires true leadership, leadership deserves recognition, and recognition is a form of accountability. The SEAL Awards organizational pillars are our: Business Sustainability Awards - 2018 winners included Apple, JD.com, Nike, and Patagonia Environmental Journalism Awards - representative past winners include journalists from Guardian, New Yorker, New York Times, and Washington Post Environmental Research Grants - grant program has provided funding for researchers at leading institutions like Duke, Marine Conservation Institute, MIT, and UCLA

SEAL Awards
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