Medical Identity Theft

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We are all aware of identity theft: someone steals and uses another person’s personal information usually for financial gain. A similar problem, medical identity theft, is on the rise. In this scenario an individual gets your personal health insurance information and uses it for fraudulent activity including seeing a doctor, getting prescriptions filled, filing false medical claims, etc. This can lead to unpaid medical bills which, left accumulated, can hurt your credit report. This article talks about medical identity theft, early detection, and some ways to protect yourself. It is worth reading:  http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0171-medical-identity-theft

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