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Medical Identity Theft a "Significant Problem"

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 27, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the prevalence of medical identity theft in the U.S. Joanna Saenz, for example, recently opened a bill for services rendered during the birth of her daughter at a Nebraska hospital, but she'd never had a daughter; her Social Security card had been stolen 10 years prior. The Federal Trade Commission spoke to a group of consumer advocates on the topic at Temple University recently, a day before two nearby health insurers reported losing the medical records of more than 280,000 people. An FTC lawyer said, "It's certainly a significant problem. It can turn people's worlds upside down." Meanwhile, an Ohio hospital has informed one patient that four employees inappropriately accessed his medical records.
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