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Did you know you can make money for taking surveys? It’s a popular topic these days. But, is it really that easy? A simple answer is: yes, it is. There are many reliable survey sites that will pay you to voice your opinion about products, services, politics, or almost anything else. If you ask me, there’s no easier way to make a couple of extra bucks. But, don’t get carried away. Many survey sites just want to use you without paying what they promised. Some of them are outright scams. And even those reliable and trustworthy survey sites have very low hourly rates.

 So, if you have heard that survey sites are golden opportunities – they are not. It is not even realistic to expect to learn a lot for such easy work. But, this brings us to the point – you get to do some really easy and even fun work and get a small reward in return. That’s why survey sites are so popular. You can do it on the go or from the comfort of your home. And your opinions are used to improve products and services. If you sign up for several sites you can accrue some decent money.

MDforLives is a specialized survey panel. It is an online community for doctors and other healthcare professionals. So, it is not open to everyone. That is an obvious downside to specialized panels, but on the upside, these panels usually pay better. Let’s dive in and see if this is a good opportunity for healthcare workers.

Basic Facts on MDforLives Panel

They pride themselves on being the largest network of healthcare specialists from the world’s developed and fastest growing economies. The panel is operated by a parent company called Borderless Access, a digital MR products and solutions company. Borderless Access also runs The Panel Station, a ‘regular’ survey panel. You can read our full review on The Panel Station. Borderless Access was founded 10 years ago and it is pretty successful. They have more than 6 million panelists across 34 countries and offices in the USA and India. So, you don’t have to worry about legitimacy. MDforLives is a panel owned by the real and legit company.

MDforLives homepage layout preview

How It Works

As with any other survey site, the first step is to sign up. This is where I hit the first obstacle. Apparently, they don’t accept new members at the moment. If you try to create an account you will get a message that currently, registration is not available for your country. Exclusive survey panels such as this one, may suspend acceptance for a while, so this isn’t a big surprise. However, I believe it should be fair to inform potential new members about it on the homepage. 

Anyway, this is what you should expect if and when they open their gates to new members. The signing up process is short and simple. However, there are several pre-conditions for acceptance. First, you need to be a healthcare professional as I have already said. Second, you need to be 20 years old or over. Finally, they have panelists in 23 countries worldwide and you need to be a resident of one of them. This is the list of the countries:  Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, KSA, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and the USA.

Once you register and activate the account you can expect your first survey. I can’t tell you much about it, as I couldn’t test it and online reviews are few and far between. So, I don’t know how often you’ll get surveys, how long it takes, and how interesting or boring they might be. As for rewards, you can get anywhere between $10 and $500 per survey. Even though it’s a huge range, this sounds like a good deal to me. You will receive survey invitations via email.

Payment Methods

It is pretty simple and cool. They pay in cash, which is the best option. There are no gift cards, vouchers, sweepstakes or any other options. When you complete your registration you will be able to choose the mode of payment. You can opt for PayPal, Paytm, SnapPay or Google Wallet. There’s no redemption threshold and you will receive your money on a monthly basis.

Pros

  • They pay well. While the difference between a minimum of $10 and a maximum of $500 per survey is ridiculous, earning at least $10 sounds pretty good. 
  • They pay cash. There’s nothing wrong with gift cards, but cash is always the best option. 
  • No threshold. You don’t have to accrue points or money. Whatever you earn you can withdraw on a monthly basis.
  • Opportunity to learn. You can participate in ongoing discussions in your field of expertise. In a way, you can continue your medical education and share knowledge and experiences with people from your area of specialization.

Cons

  • It’s very exclusive. Only, healthcare professionals can join. Actually, no one can join at the moment, but let’s stay positive and believe that it will change soon.
  • Not enough info. It is really difficult to obtain info on details and specifics. The panel only provides some vague and general details about what you can do.
  • Bad reviews. Truth be told there aren’t many user reviews, but those that I could find were pretty unfavorable. Actually, all reviews were either very positive or very negative. But, there were more negative ones.

Conclusion

I don’t like exclusive survey sites for being exclusive. On the other hand, exclusivity allows them to tailor surveys that fit you better and usually they pay more. So, being exclusive comes with perks if you belong to the group or profession that is sought after. As for MDforLives, it is unavailable at the moment so it is pointless to recommend joining or not. Even if it wasn’t the case, scarce information and a lack of user reviews call for caution.

Having said that, it is a legit panel, so it is not an issue. But, I can’t fully answer the question if it is a reliable survey site worthy of your time. If they start accepting new members, that is.

At the end of the day, I would rather choose some verified and proven healthcare panels or good old unrestricted all-around survey sites.