Good article on a growing concern, and some tips on how to protect yourself from it.
“The fast-growing crime of medical identity theft is being fueled by the proliferation of electronic medical records and a sharp increase in data breaches at insurers and health care providers. Crooks obtain or steal millions of Americans’ personal data, including insurance information and Social Security numbers, and use it to get emergency care, surgery, prescriptions and medical equipment, The Wall Street Journal reports. They also seek to profit by billing Medicare, Medicaid and insurers using someone else’s identity…”
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