Keep Your Privacy While Getting Medical Treatment

Can a privacy conscious person keep her privacy in the face of a serious disability? Will a long term illness or treatment for an injury compromise a person’s privacy lifestyle? These are questions many will face at some point in their lifetimes. This piece will address potential privacy compromising issues one will face during a period of illness.
Calling a physician’s office may be the first privacy medical hurdle one has to clear as medical office personnel often attempt to obtain your health insurance information prior to making an appointment. You will be asked for your insurance company name, your policy and certificate number, and the doctor’s assistant will verify your coverage and co payment amount as you’re on the telephone. Your name, address and telephone number will be required information. Often your e-mail address will be requested but not required. Social Security Numbers will sometimes be requested and it is possible to keep this important identifier mum-and it is recommended you do so. Grant’s books are clear about how important it is to keep your Social Security Number confidential as you prevent identity thieves and other criminals out of your life while living a privacy lifestyle. In fact, preventing medical identity theft should be a primary concern as you get treatment as medical identity theft is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in the country.
Once you have met the basic requirements for a medium level privacy lifestyle and have this identity theft prevention plan system in place, you will be prepared to avoid unwanted privacy invasions when an emergency medical condition warrants medical treatment. Your mailing address will not lead anyone to your doorstep, the telephone number provided for medical treatment cannot be traced to you or your family, and you can meet the requirements of your medical providers while keeping yourself safe during this period of time. If you need guidance on how to get started, we have resources that will help.
Free personal privacy courses are available for those who wish to receive these by e-mail. Courses are written by Grant Hall, author of Privacy Crisis and Privacy Crisis Banking.

Guest post by Beth Oslowski

Stop Identity Theft; Articles and Consumer Privacy Resources

How can you and your family accomplish identity protection, prevent identity theft and avoid becoming an identity theft fraud crime statistic? Based on my experience, it is imperative to live privately in order to avoid identity theft. This requires information, study, and planning. Can an idenity theft prevention plan be successfully implemented to stop the efforts of an identity theft plan by a fraud criminal or a gang of such fraudsters? Yes.

Do you need to provide privacy invasive personal and business information to an identity theft insurance company and pay premiums to such an outfit in order to prevent identity theft? No. Here is an article that I wrote on this subject that may be of interest to you:

http://www.privacycrisis.com/article_prevent_id_theft_without_insurance.html

How can you live while protecting privacy? Can you depend on an insurance company to help you protect identity? In my experienced opinion, you cannot depend on an identity theft insurance company to help you avoid identity theft. This article may be of interest:

http://www.privacycrisis.com/lifelock_fraud.html

We strive to provide identity theft articles and information to the public for the purpose of preventing all types of identity theft: medical identity theft, business identity theft, personal identity theft, and bank identity theft. Our Free, seven part, identity theft prevention course is offered by e-mail. Sign up at:

http://www.privacycrisis.com/idtheft.html

As medical identity theft is the new identity theft fraud crime of choice for many identity thieves, this article may be of value, and keep you from becoming an identity theft victim:

http://www.privacycrisis.com/private_patient_2.html

My first book is offered as an e-book and is available for immediate download. You can be reading Privacy Crisis: Identity Theft Prevention Plan and Guide to Anonymous Living within five minutes from Now. Buy the book at:

http://www.privacycrisis.com/ebook.html

Consumer privacy has many facets and there are substantial overlapping effects. One aspect of privacy that is of paramount importance to protecting privacy and preventing identity theft is financial privacy. Keep money and assets invisible and you will not be a worthwhile target for an identity thief. My new book, Privacy Crisis Banking will provide banking privacy principles and resources. Buy the book at:

http://www.privacycrisis.com/ebook.html

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Grant Hall

 

Avoid Medical Identity Theft with Financial Privacy, Banking Secrecy

Unsuspecting patients normally provide the most personal and confidential financial information to medical providers’ office personnel, and place themselves at risk of becoming victims of medical identity theft. Through the use of financial privacy and banking secrecy, medical patients can avoid medical identity theft.

Readers may be interested in our free privacy courses and articles on personal and business privacy. Here are the links to our website’s topics relating to this article:

http://www.privacycrisis.com/idtheft.html

http://www.privacycrisis.com/private_patient_2.html

How can medical patients keep their right to financial privacy and prevent identity theft?

Patients should learn to exercise their assertiveness and refuse to provide privacy invasive information. Key parts of one’s personal life are necessarily kept secret to avoid the risk of bank identity theft, medical identity theft, and to protect identity from all who might attempt to commit a fraud crime of identity theft.

Banking secrecy should be practiced at all times. Medical service providers should not have credit card account numbers in their  files or the consumer being treated will be at risk of medical identity theft and/or bank identity theft, and credit card identity theft.

Financial privacy and banking privacy go a long way toward preventing medical identity theft. Prevent all who provide goods and services to you and your family from prying into your personal affairs. Do not  provide credit card numbers, bank account numbers to providers of medical services.

Pay bills privately with money orders or cash.

Keep your home privacy by utiltizing an offshore mailing address or other private address to receive your important correspondences. Home privacy goes a long way toward preventing medical identity theft and other forms of identity theft. Fraudsters will be unable to intercept your mail and case your house when home privacy is practiced.

Grant Hall

 

 

medical identity theft prevention planning

Medical Identity Theft prevention is your responsibility

Quick fixes seldom provide solutions to a major problem. But that’s exactly what the uninformed try to do as they lean on others to solve personal problems rather than become self reliant, responsible and assertive. And make no mistake about it, identity theft is a personal problem that you need to learn how to solve yourself.

Take Responsibility for your medical identity theft prevention plan through “self insurance” by learning to adopt a high level privacy living lifestyle.

The public is always wrong.

Why have consumers not recognized the need to change their lifestyles and thwart the efforts of identity theft fraudsters? Living privately certainly can prevent identity theft, medical identity theft included, and is a cost effective way of buying “self-insurance” against an identity theft catastrophe.

Personal privacy living will provide the consumer with identity theft prevention measures without the risk and expense of identity theft insurance.

Think privacy.

Think about how much it will cost you if someone abused your personal information. Do you know that if someone has your full name, Social Security number, banking information, medical insurance policy number, home address, home telephone number and certain credit bureau file information, they can become you very quickly?  

We have a Free identity theft e-mail course that may be of interest to you.

Our best-selling e-book, Privacy Crisis: Identity Theft Prevention Plan and Guide to Anonymous Living provides information on how to prevent identity theft through privacy living. You can learn how top level privacy experts avoid identity theft and all privacy invasions. The book is available for purchase and immediate download.

Grant Hall

 

 

 

medical identity theft during the privacy crisis

Medical identity theft is the hottest new form of identity theft. This article provides measures on how to avoid the crime of identity theft, and medical identity theft in particular.

Often, the culprit and medical identity theft criminal comes from the most trusted and least suspected sources. Medical identity theft inside jobs occur all too often.

 Medical Identity Theft Inside Jobs

Making an appointment to see a new physician or other medical practitioner can take time and effort, and if you’re ill when you need to see the doctor, you may have a tendency to let your guard down, just a bit, and this could become a costly and hazardous mistake.

Criminals come in all shapes and sizes and usually have an inside track or know someone who does. Crime is an industry and people receive on the job training as they hone their skills and gain a reputation within the industry. For an idea of how crime really works, see the film, Heat written and directed by Michael Mann.

Key to Avoiding medical identity theft is NOT providing your Social Security number

Identity thieves are sophisticated criminals who rely on data banks to supply them with information on their targets. When the patient/identity theft victim’s SSN is known to the thief, he or she can tap into any number of resources that can result in a very expensive identity theft. i These confidential resources are sometimes used by an identity thief when the Social Security number is known : banks, credit card accounts, home and property records, vehicle registration records, business credit lines, credit bureau files, and more.

Clearly, providing your complete personal and business identity information endangers you and your loved ones. Imagine having your group medical insurance policy benefits being stolen by a band of thieves who obtain fraudulent medical treatment while pretending to be you and your family. What would happen if a family member later needed emergency treatment and you were in the middle of trying to resolve the id fraud case as your medical insurance policy was “frozen” pending the outcome of the matter?

For identity theft prevention including the prevention of medical identity theft, keep your most personal and confidential information, mainly your SSN, out of the data bases that criminals-including insiders use to commit the crime of medical identity theft.

Grant Hall

avoid medical identity theft through privacy protection

You can prevent medical identity theft and avoid all types of identity theft through privacy living. The Social Security number is the most important personal identifier and it must be protected in order to successfully avoid medical identity theft.

Avoid identity theft while protecting personal privacy

When scheduling a medical appointment, carefully guard your Social Security number, not just to avoid medical identity theft, but to avoid Social Security number fraud, too. Fifty million illegal aliens and countless white collar criminals who practice identity theft as their crime of choice want your Social Security number. Avoid providing your SSN to Ms. Senior Clerk who shoves forms at you when you arrive for your medical appointment or asks for it over the phone when you call to make an appointment for yourself or your family member.

How can you avoid medical identity theft through keeping your SSN mum when it’s “required” on the medical form? Take a peek at my article written on the subject. These happenings are true and will provide some guidance on how to retain your privacy when you need it most. You will find as you continue to live privately that communication is important to getting what you want. And for the record, I have encountered resistance only once in twenty years from a medical provider while refusing to provide my SSN.

Identity theft and fraud crimes are skyrocketing as an economic depression grips the U.S.A. And medical identity theft is making headlines these days. It’s especially dangerous if you or your family are medical id theft victims as this crime could cause your health insurance policy to be placed on hold, thus preventing you from receiving important treatment while the mess is being sorted out.

You may be interested in our Free information series on personal privacy living. These e-mail courses will provide basic information for those who want to live beneath the radar and protect identity through privacy living.

Grant Hall

 

prevent medical identity theft during the privacy crisis

Do you know how to prevent medical identity theft, the fastest growing identity fraud crime segment of identity theft? Start by understanding that medical providers including doctors, nurses, labratory technicians, hospital administrators, office clerks, and all whom you come in contact with as you seek medical treatment are strangers-not your friends. So, once you understand that these folks should be treated as business people, not trusting friends, you can be on your way to preventing identity theft, and hopefully avoid having your personal data stolen when medical provider employees are careless with your information.

Avoid medical identity theft by not providing your Social Security number to medical providers. Why? Because with this lone identifier, the medical identity thief can literally wreck your entire financial life. He/she can pose as you and receive medical treatment, open credit lines, borrow money for a house, and commit a host of other identity theft crimes.

Provide medical insurance information only when services are to be provided. Often, clerks will ask for medical insurance policy information, and other personal and confidential data over the telephone prior to scheduling the medical appointment. Tell them NO if you want to protect identity and avoid the identity theft fraud crime of medical identity theft.

If the medical service is only a routine office visit, I would opt for paying cash and claiming benefits under insurance plans at a later time to avoid medical identity theft caused by negligent employees of medical providers.

protect identity online and avoid identity theft

Now that you’re about to purchase a new computer, it’s time to learn how to protect identity online and prevent identity theft. You can avoid identity theft and the high costs, labor, and frustration it costs to fix an identity theft-IF the problem can be fixed, of course. Preventing identity theft can be accomplished through privacy living. By far, the best idea is to avoid identity theft in the first place rather than having to go through the pain and expense of rehabiliting your stolen identity when an identity theft occurs.

Online identity theft is a favorite of identity theft fraud criminals as it provides the criminal with information minus the phone or personal contacts other crimes may require. And many people have no idea how to practice online consumer privacy making the identity thieves’ jobs an easy task when they find an unaware target.

How to protect identity online

Use these proven principles and concepts to keep identity thieves out of your online business.

1. Buy the computer for cash while leaving no paper trail from the store to your bank account or credit lines.

2. Establish an anonymous account with an internet service provider.

3. Use a proxy server for online surfing and online research.

4. Use a pseudo name for all e-mail correspondences.

5. Avoid giving strangers online any personal or business information.

Identity fraud is a costly crime and through an online identity theft, you could become vulnerable to any number of identity theft related crimes.

 Medical identity theft and business identity theft are identity theft crimes that could occur if your e-mails contained information about your insurance policy or confidential business information.

Identity theft outlaws are a slick group of cons and often infiltrate forums and become e-mail list subscribers. So, as you manage your online business, be aware that certain “customers” may have motives to steal identity information.

We recommend privacy living principles that provide an individual and family with the ability to travel, bank, work, and live anonymously.

Grant Hall