Consumer Reports and the FDA
By Arnold Kling
The FDA currently works on a paternalistic model: One choice to rule them all. But another approach, what I call the Consumer Reports model, would meet the needs of diverse health-care consumers much better. Consumer Reports doesn’t try to replace consumer choice. Instead, by carefully evaluating and testing new products and providing this information to readers, Consumer Reports helps consumers to make better choices.
For Discussion. Could the same approach be taken with regard to practicing medicine? That is, could someone who has not completed medical school be allowed to practice, as long as consumers are informed of that fact?