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Frequently Asked Questions in Ethics

Learn to identify medically unethical conduct and how to file a complaint against a physician, hospital, or health plan that violates the Code of Medical Ethics.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

American Medical Association

Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline

The OIG Hotline accepts tips by email, phone, fax, and mail about potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in Department of Health & Human Services' programs.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Office of Inspector General

Patient Frequently Asked Questions: American Medical Association

Find answers to common questions patients ask of the American Medical Association, including finding a doctor, medical advice, medical records, and filing complaints.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

American Medical Association

Questions and Answers: Problem Reporting of Products Regulated by FDA

Consumers can play an important public health role by reporting adverse reactions or other problems with products the FDA regulates. Find answers to questions about reporting a problem.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

2012 Consumer Action Handbook

Use the Consumer Action Handbook (CAH) to get help with consumer purchases, problems and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations, local, state, and federal government agencies, national consumer organizations, and more.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Federal Citizen Information Center

How to Report a Foodborne Illness - General Public

Find out how you can report illnesses from eating a certain food so your local health department can identify potential foodborne disease outbreaks.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

American Association of Dental Boards: Find a State Board

Use this map, or alphabetical list below, to find the dental licensing boards by state. Contact the board in your state if you need to verify the status of a dentist's license, view a history of possible violations, or to file a complaint about dental care you have received.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

American Association of Dental Boards

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line

Call 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY) for general information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), answers to specific technical questions, free ADA materials, or information about filing a complaint.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

U.S. Department of Justice

A-Z Index of Consumer Organizations

These organizations define their missions as consumer assistance, protection and/or advocacy and can be of assistance in matters related to fraud and scams.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

Federal Citizen Information Center

Bad Reaction to Cosmetics? Tell FDA

If you’ve had a negative reaction to a beauty, personal hygiene, or makeup product, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear from you. Here is more information about what to report.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Board of Pharmacy Contacts

If you have questions or concerns about your experience at a pharmacy or with a pharmacist, contact your state board of pharmacy for assistance. Contact information for each board is available in the Boards of Pharmacy section of this Web site.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Complaint Assistant

The Federal Trade Commission collects complaints about companies, business practices, and identity theft to detect patterns of wrong-doing that may lead to investigations and prosecutions. Use this online form to file your complaint.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Federal Trade Commission

Consumer Protection Guide

This everyday guide to being a smart shopper offers helpful tips about preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint, and more.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

Federal Citizen Information Center

Dental Board Actions: Frequently Asked Questions

This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about dental board actions regarding licensed dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

Review Date: November 12, 2012

American Association of Dental Boards

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Consumer Complaint Hotline

Complaints can be reported online using these links. Complaints also can be reported via a toll-free hotline, 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238), Mondays through Fridays.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

File a Complaint - U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

This page connects to a form available to submit vehicle and equipment problems to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration electronically. Complaints can also be filed by phone.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

File an Insurance Complaint

Do you have a specific problem with an insurance company, broker, agent or adjuster? The National Association of Insurance Commissioners offers this resource to help you file a complaint with your state insurance department.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Filing a Complaint - State Boards of Nursing

This document describes how to file a complaint with your state nursing board. You should consider filing a report when you believe what a nurse is doing or not doing might cause harm to you or another person.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Filing Your Housing Discrimination Complaint Online

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment, and believe your rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online. .

Review Date: February 01, 2013

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Headlice Reporting Registry

This page provides information on how to report adverse reactions for lice or scabies products, treatment failures for lice or scabies products, or outbreaks of lice or scabies.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National Pediculosis Association, Inc.

How To File a Complaint: Health Information Privacy

Learn how to file a complaint if you believe that a health plan or any health care provider violated your (or someone else’s) health information privacy rights.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the HHS Office for Civil Rights

If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex or religion by a health care or human services provider, or by a government health agency, you may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Office on Disability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Index of State and Local Consumer Agencies

This page provides contact information on state and local consumer protection agencies. They might mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate a variety of professionals, and advocate in the consumer interest.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Federal Citizen Information Center

Medicare Complaint Form

Use this form to submit your complaint about your Medicare health plan or prescription drug plan directly to Medicare.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Medicare.gov: Filing a Complaint or Grievance

If you have complaints about your Medicare coverage, use this page to learn how and where to file a complaint.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

MedWatch: Report a Serious Medical Product Problem Online

Use the Medwatch online form to report serious adverse events, potential and actual medical product errors, and product quality problems associated with the use of FDA-regulated drugs, biologics, devices, and dietary supplements.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was established to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals found to be injured by certain vaccines.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Navigating the Health Care System: How To Complain—And Get Heard

Here are some resources for complaints or concerns that arise while you are in the hospital and when you get your hospital bill.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Organic Foods:Filing a Complaint

Any person may file a complaint if he or she believes a violation of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 or its implementing regulations has occurred or is about to occur. Learn more about it.

Review Date: January 14, 2013

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Problems With Your Dentist

Even in the best dentist-patient relationship, problems can happen. If you need assistance, contact your state dental association.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

American Dental Association

Report a Problem with Food

If you have food poisoning, suspect that food from a store or restaurant is contaminated, or have problems with different types of foods, learn how to report the problem quickly and effectively.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Report a Complaint About a Health Care Organization

Do you have a complaint about the quality of care at a Joint Commission-accredited health care organization? Use this page to submit your complaint online or send it by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

The Joint Commission

Report an Environmental Violation

Help the EPA protect our nation's environment by reporting potentially harmful environmental activities in your community or workplace.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Report Unsafe Products

You can fill out a form online and submit it to report any injury or death involving consumer products or unsafe products or give feedback regarding the web site to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Review Date: May 28, 2014

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Reporting Unlawful Sales of Medical Products on the Internet

Learn how to report an organization or online pharmacy you think is illegally selling human drugs, animal drugs, medical devices, biological products, foods, dietary supplements or cosmetics over the Web.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Safety Reporting Portal

Use the Safety Reporting Portal to submit complaints or concerns about FDA-regulated drugs, foods (including animal feed, pet food, and pet treats) and animal drugs, as well as adverse events occurring on human gene transfer trials.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

State Medical Licensing Boards

An online directory of state medical boards, listed alphabetically. Each entry includes a complete mailing address, phone contact and Internet addresses where applicable.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

This site provides details for reporting adverse events which may be associated with vaccines, and discusses the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. VAERS is a joint program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)

Wage and Hour Division: How to File a Complaint

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is committed to ensuring that workers in this country are paid properly and for all the hours they work, regardless of immigration status. Learn how WHD can assist you.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

U.S. Department of Labor

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