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Study: Consumers Care About but Don't Act on Medical ID Theft

IDENTITY THEFT—U.S.

March 17, 2011

A Ponemon Institute study released Tuesday suggests that while Americans care about keeping their medical information private, they are not taking steps to ensure its security. Of the nearly 1,700 respondents, 91 percent are unfamiliar with the concept of medical identity theft. And half of the respondents who have experienced medical identity theft did not report it to authorities, according to the findings. Larry Whiteside of Visiting Nurse Service of New York told SCMagazine that part of the problem is that people don't see a correlation between medical records and money. "It is difficult to understand that if your medical records are exposed, how someone could then begin stealing your money," he said.
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