Medical identity theft costs approximately $20,000 per case. Protect your identity by not succumbing to the pressures of medical front office personnel.
Social Security Number Fraud
The Social Security number offers an identity thief a prime identifier for his new identity theft score. Indeed, medical identity theft fraud has occurred when medical insiders grab a patient’s SSN and abuse it for personal gain.
Nearly every medical form I’ve seen over the past number of years asks for the patient’s Social Security number. Why would a medical provider need to have his/her patient’s Social Security number? While I do not know for sure, in my opinion, it is because they or the collection agency they retain want to be able to track and trace you IF you become delinquent on a bill.
What can you do about the danger of having your Social Security number in medical databases?
Mr. and Mrs. Assertive
Often, privacy advocates do not memorize their Social Security numbers and write “not memorized” in the space where all the sheeple provide their most personal and confidential identifier to the clerks who try and demand the SSN from patients.
It can be a costly expense to have your SSN stolen, not to mention the life-threatening dangers that could occur if someone stole your insurance policy just when you needed it for medical treatment.
Do all you can to prevent identity theft and medical identity theft in particular. One patient has been unable to straighten out his medical records-two years after an identity thief received $44,000.00 worth of treatment while using this identity theft victim’s identity.
Consumer privacy living principles will enable one to establish an identity theft prevention plan and escape the dangers and expense of a medical identity theft.
A Free identity theft prevention course is available by e-mail.