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consumer corner - what are your rights?

 

GENERAL SCOPE AND PURPOSE

Consumer Corner is a medium through which BARP members can be advised of their rights as a consumer. It will provide guidance and also it will inform the membership of advocacy initiatives on their behalf.

Consumer Corner shall seek to:

(a) develop clear policies and procedures to support complaints made by BARP’s membership about goods and service provision;

(b) liaise with the relevant government agencies on matters concerning consumer protection;

(c) educate consumers of their rights under the laws of Barbados;

(d) collaborate with a range of agencies to ensure consumer protection;

(e) promote the use of complaints procedures as per the relevant legislation;

(f) monitor the number of complaints received about a service provider as well as resolved complaints;

(g) explore the role of the Ombudsman to ensure that complaints made about government services are efficiently addressed;

(h) explore alternate dispute resolution as a means of settling consumer complaints;    

Informative Websites

And then click on: Information for consumers

  • To understand more of your rights as a consumer and also to determine where to receive the best prices at the supermarket please go to :

www.commerce.gov.bb/

And then click on : Calculate retail food prices and Consumers know your rights under the Consumers Guarantees Act Chapter 326E

and then click on : The Legal Profession Act Cap. 370A

There are no guidelines for medical fees in Barbados at present. However, you may wish to read a report from the FTC on Fee Setting in Professions 11 at:  www.ftc.gov.bb/

 

 

 

 

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BARP launched its Consumers Forum on Friday, December 4, 2015 at The Radisson Aquatica Resort. 

The non-profit organisation with a membership in excess of 40,000 seniors is concerned about the low level of consumer awareness in Barbados. BARP reported that on a daily basis its Office is inundated with several complaints from its membership on consumer related matters. Concerns range from landline and mobile telephone services, internet, electricity, construction, banking and retail services to name a few. 

In fulfilling its mandate to be the voice of the fifty plus age group, BARP in partnership with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Small Business and the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) will embark on a public education and awareness programme to empower consumers to make informed decisions as well as to provide an avenue for addressing complaints. 

The Launch was followed by a seminar on ‘Financial Solutions for Your Golden Years’. The aim of the seminar was to promote consumer awareness in the banking industry.

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Group Health FAQs

  • When does coverage start? +

    Coverage starts on the 1st of April, 2018.
  • What is Open Enrolment? +

    Open Enrolment is enrolment without medicals
  • When do I sign up? +

    You can sign up at any time during the Open Enrolment period from the 1st of January 2018 to 30th March 2018.
  • Where do I sign up? +

    You can sign up at the BARP office in Hastings and at CGM Gallagher’s office in Haggatt Hall
  • Do I have to provide Evidence of Insurability? +

    No, only if you sign up after the 1st of April 2018.
  • What is a Deductible? +

    Your deductible is the initial amount you must pay each year for covered health services before the Insurer will start to pay. You must be mindful of the limits within the plan.
  • Is there an annual deductible? +

    There is an annual Medical deductible of $500.00 per member with a maximum of two per family. The Deductible for the Dental Benefit and the Vision Benefit is $50.00 each.
  • What is Co-payment? +

    A co-payment is a fixed 20% amount you pay toward each medical service since the plan will pay 80% of eligible charges.
  • What is Co-insurance? +

    Coinsurance is a fixed 80%, rather than a flat amount, that the insurer pays toward medical service.
  • When are premium payments due? +

    Premiums are payable monthly and in advance. Payment must be made to the BARP office.
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