As consumers, Americans can be pretty savvy in terms of doing their research and getting the best deal possible, both in terms of price and quality. One of the problems with health care from a consumer perspective, though, is that it is difficult to know beforehand whether you will be receiving quality medical services.
One of the ways this problem has been addressed is to establish databases which allow patients to track physician performance. The federal government actually has its own database for this purpose, known as the National Provider Identifier Database. The problem with the database is that it isn’t really accurate, at least according to David Marsidi, the founder of EZDoctor, a company that does its own tracking of physician performance.