Medical identity Theft: A Complicated Problem for Consumers

Medical identity Theft: A Complicated Problem for Consumers

Medical identity Theft: A Complicated Problem for Consumers

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The recent cyber attack on Anthem’s website exposed consumers personal health information including individual’s names, birth dates, social security numbers and home addresses. The integrity of health care data and its impact on consumers makes this a complicated problem. Medical bills, insurance accounts as well medical records can have wrong information as a result of medical identity theft. This can happen when a “medical identity thief” uses a stolen identity to obtain medical care. This theft can result in a consumer being responsible for erroneous medical charges for care they never received and well as having incorrect health information posted to one’s medical record.

Medical RecordsThis poses a potentially serious health concern  when consumers seek medical care and their medical record has incorrect information such as the wrong blood type or incorrect health conditions.

 

The Federal Trade Commission provides a detailed checklistchecklist for correcting mistakes in one’s medical records.

So, where can consumers learn more about how they can protect their personal health information?

The Medical Fraud Alliance and the Federal Trade Commission  provide information and resources that health care consumers need for protecting their personal health information.

Medical identity theft can be a complicated problem and requires regular vigilance by consumers of their personal health information. If you suspect or are worried that your personal health information has been compromised, seek help from experts such as the Medical Fraud Alliance and the Federal Trade Commission when needed.

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