Chapter 29 project
Consumer Bill of Rights
- The right to safety: to be protected against the marketing of products and services that are hazardous to health or to life.
- The right to be informed: to be protected against fraudulent, deceitful, or grossly misleading information, advertising, labeling, or other practices, and to be given the facts needed to make informed choices.
- The right to choose: to have available a variety of products and services at competitive prices.
- The right to be heard: to be assured that consumer interests will receive full and sympathetic consideration in making government policy, both through the laws passed by legislatures and through regulations passed by administrative bodies.
- The right to education: to have access to programs and information that help consumers make better marketplace decisions.
- The right to redress: to work with established mechanisms to have problems corrected and to receive compensation for poor service or for products which do not function properly
Patient bill of rights
Choice of providers and plans You have the right to choose health care providers who can give you high-quality health care when you need it.
Access to emergency services If you have severe pain, an injury, or sudden illness that makes you believe that your health is in danger, you have the right to be screened and stabilized using emergency services. You should be able to use these services whenever and wherever you need them, without needing to wait for authorization and without any financial penalty.
Taking part in treatment decisions You have the right to know your treatment options and take part in decisions about your care. Parents, guardians, family members, or others that you choose can speak for you if you cannot make your own decisions.
Respect and non-discrimination You have a right to considerate, respectful care from your doctors, health plan representatives, and other health care providers that does not discriminate against you.
Confidentiality (privacy) of health information You have the right to talk privately with health care providers and to have your health care information protected. You also have the right to read and copy your own medical record. You have the right to ask that your doctor change your record if it is not correct, relevant, or complete.
3 Consumer Protection Laws
Toy safety act
1984 permits quick recall of toys and other articles intended for use by by children that might present a substantial risk of injury
Generic Drug Act
Established the modern system of generic drugs.
Flammable Fabric Act
1953 enabled the Consumer Product Safety Commission to set flammability standards for clothing, childrens sleepwear, carpets, etc.
Toy safety act
3 federal agencies
- Federal Communications Commission- regulates interstate and foreign communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. It is responsible for the orderly development and operation of broadcast services and the provision of rapid, efficient nationwide and worldwide telephone and telegraph services at reasonable rates.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission was established as an independent regulatory agency by the Consumer Product Safety Act in 1973 and reauthorized by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The Commission consists of up to five members, who are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, for 7-year terms.
- Federal Trade Commission has jurisdiction to enhance consumer welfare and protect competition in broad sectors of the economy. The Commission enforces the laws that prohibit business practices that are anticompetitive, deceptive, or unfair to consumers; promotes informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and seeks to accomplish its mission without impeding legitimate business activity.
regulates interstate and foreign communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. It is responsible for the orderly development and operation of broadcast services and the provision of rapid, efficient nationwide and worldwide telephone and telegraph services at reasonable rates.