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Title: Frauds Against the Elderly - Health Quackery - Hearing Before the House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging, October 1, 1980
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Select Cmtte on Aging
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 147
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20515
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Frauds against the elderly in the area of health quackery are documented, and current law enforcement and regulatory efforts aimed at dealing with such fraud are examined in testimony before the House Select Committee on Aging.
Abstract: Testimony shows the extent to which the physical and financial ills of the elderly make them vulnerable to fraudulent claims related to health remedies and promises of increased income and investment opportunities. Testimony from the Post Office Department discusses the effectiveness of the postal authorities in combating the use of the mail for advertisements of fraudulent products and services for the elderly. In addition, representatives from various regulatory agencies bearing upon the control and prosecution of quackery report on their efforts to combat the advertisement and use of fraudulent medical devices and drugs. Current law against quackery is generally considered by the witnesses to be strong; however, suggestions for enhancing the effectiveness of investigators are offered. An expanded program of public education to warn citizens of particular fraudulent devices and health schemes is supported by many of the witnesses. Included as a study of the prescription and administration of selected drugs in a nursing home. Photographs and newspaper clippings illustrate some of the health frauds that have been perpetrated.
Index Term(s): Crimes against the elderly; Hearings; Legislation; Medical fraud; Testimony
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