Every 2 seconds, an identity is stolen in the U.S. Without warning, 1 out of 15 individuals will have their world turned upside down. One of the fastest growing areas of identity theft (and one of the most serious) involves medical identity theft. Once individuals obtain specific personal identifying information, or healthcare-related data, a fraudulent attempt may be made to access medical services or other health benefits. This creates a heavy financial burden for the healthcare system and could even jeopardize patient health and treatment.
5 Alarming Facts About Medical Identity Theft
Sadly, according to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, half of medical id theft victims know the person involved. Medical identity theft may be the most serious of all types of identity theft if you consider the following: