I wrote a somewhat lengthy blog post on this topic over on the Rock Creek blog, but felt so fired up about it that I wanted to bring it to the GovLoop audience to get your opinions.
The gist of the story is this: In an attempt to protect their online reputation, doctors are now asking patients to sign waivers agreeing not to post comments about him/her online. The waivers ostensibly offer the doc some legal recourse if they discover negative online content authored by a patient who signed one.
My questions for the larger group are this: Are waivers the way to go? Should they be adopted by other industries, including government agencies? And finally, would you sign a waiver if your doctor asked you to?
I’ll answer first: No, no and no way.