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June 4, 2008

New Yorkers can now look for a doctor online.  A new Website is trying to make finding a doctor on the Internet like buying groceries or finding flights the electronic way.

The New York Sun highlights the site,, which helps patients in New York locate doctors and dentists and schedule same-day appointments online.

  • The site has a list of more than 100 practitioners in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Sun reports.
  • That seems to be pretty slim pickings for the 1.6 million Manhattanites and 2.5 million people living in Brooklyn.
  • However, ZocDoc tries to vet doctors through background checks and patient reviews, so that's something.

The site is free for patients, but doctors pay a transaction fee if they book a new patient through it. Soon, the site plans to add specialists such as dermatologists.

Doctors on the site see it as a marketing tool, but they're also concerned about the impact of negative patient reviews. 

Source: Sarah Rubenstein, "New Yorkers Get Online Matchmakers for Doctors," Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2008; and E.B. Solomont, "New Web Site Matches N.Y. Patients With Doctors; Avoiding Emergency Rooms, Improving Service," New York Sun, June 2, 2008.

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