This opens a 'can of worms'.
Besides political news and gossip healthcare also is a prime topic for print and news media. It affects all of us. At least in politics one gets to vote. This is not true of health care. The old fashioned way of choosing you doctor was by a personal referral. Today that method is used far less. The majority of new patients select a doctor from the provider list of their insurance plan.
"Every physician strives to do their best for patients, but are we doing enough? Currently, there is no way to truly know how our outcomes compare with others, which also makes it impossible to know if we are “up to standard.” Implementation has begun on systems that measure individual physician outcomes and then base reimbursement upon them; such systems are a desirable replacement for fee-for-service because they could reduce unneeded care and improve the care that is delivered – but the devil is in the details…
“The healthcare system has never really stressed the things that are important to patients.”
How Good a Doctor Are You?: Your income may depend on it… but we have no real way to measure what actually matters to patients.