Less Sketchy: More Scary

When you think about identity theft you think of your credit card information being compromised and someone ringing up $1,000s of dollars worth of charges that ruin your credit history.  If I say medical identity theft, you probably think about your information being stolen and used to ring up fraudulent bills by crooked providers.

But, in an article on the topic in the Chicago Tribune, they introduce a much scarier concept.  What happens if someone who can’t afford care, steals your identity to get free care provided to them.  During that process what happens if information is added to your permanent health record which subsequently impacts your future care (e.g., a note saying you are not allergic to something, a pre-existing condition which impacts coverage).

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