Gag Order

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A gag order (also known as a gagging order or suppression order) is an order, typically a legal order by a court or government, restricting information or comment from being made public, or in some cases, passed onto any unauthorized third party.

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http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/press-room/2012/nielsen-global-consumers-trust-in-earned-advertising-grows.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath http://saleshq.monster.com/news/articles/1866-doctors-seek-gag-orders-to-stop-patients-online-reviews http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-03-05-doctor-reviews_N.htm Today’s consumer conducts a proliferation of research before buying a product or availing a service. Websites such as Amazon offers online reviews of products that provide a wealth of information for the curious consumer. The medical profession is no exception as consumer ratings services like Zagat’s and Angie’s List have expanded beyond restaurants and plumbers to medical care much to the dismay of many doctors.
Doctors are now asking patients to agree to what amounts to a “gag order”, a standardized waiver agreement that bars patients from posting negative comments about a medical visit online. They argue that these negative reviews are tantamount to tabloid journalism that that do not constructively assist the process and can unfairly ruin a good doctor’s reputation. There is credence to this argument as there is no real way of checking the validity of the reviews that are posted and online reviewers may be biased and untruthful in their posts. We note that this is different to Amazon where only verified purchasers of products are permitted to write reviews of same. Additionally, doctors are unable to defend their actions and reputation as they are bounded by the…...

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