|Received:||11/2/2006 4:12:00 PM|
|Subject:||Telemarketing Sales Rule|
|Title:||Request for Public Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am very concerned about the implications this rule may have on my doctor’s ability to give me important healthcare information. I have a medical condition that makes me vulnerable to complications from the flu. Because it’s important for me to avoid getting the flu, each fall my provider group delivers a prerecorded flu shot reminder call to me at my home. I appreciate the call and each year I make an appointment to get the shot because of the reminder. I suppose if given the choice I would prefer to hear from a live person but I understand that the people working in his office are busy so I would rather get an automated reminder than no reminder at all. As I understand the proposed rule you are currently considering, in the future these calls would not be allowed to be delivered to me and others who need them because they technically count as telemarketing calls because my doctor is using the call to encourage me to pay for a flu shot from his “business”. It is troubling to me to consider that the Commission is placing these calls which are important to my health in the same category as the numerous “junk” calls I get from credit card companies, travel agencies, and others. I hope you will modify the rule so that consumers can continue to hear about important healthcare goods and services that are available to them. Thank you very much for your consideration of my comments.