Stealing Identity to Get Medical Services

Most identity theft is for the purpose of stealing money and goods, but another type of identity theft involves theft of medical records. The thief assumes the identity of another person with medical insurance coverage in order to obtain medical services. The innocent person may lose his or her medical insurance coverage as a result or be stuck with a large bill. A study shows it can cost $20,000 on average to resolve a case of medical identity theft. Some cases involve a friendly theft of services–one person lending his identity to an uninsured friend or relative. A study by...

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