Thursday, April 11, 2013

Man Uses Another's Medical ID to Receive $350K in Services

Just yesterday we blogged about health insurance cards being more valuable than credit cards and today we report a case that illustrates why medical records are such a target by the cost of the resulting medical id theft.

A man in Ohio is accused of receiving $350,000 of medical services using the medical ID of a South Carolina man.

"...fraudulent use of a man’s ID went on for 5 years, and was only detected because the man questioned why he continued to get bills for services he never received...why didn’t the hospital catch this problem sooner?."
- PHIprivacy.net
It seems that the medical identity theft was discovered because the victim kept complaining about bills for services, that occurred over a five year period, he never received. It is unclear when the victim first contacted the hospital about the erroneous bills or why the hospital didn't discover the identity theft sooner.

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Sources:
(a) Blue Cross Card More Valuable than Credit Card - Veriphyr Blog, 04/10/2013
(b) Man Allegedly Receives $350,000 In Medical Services Using Another Person's ID_ - 10TV.com, 04/04/2013
(c) Man Allegedly Receives $350,000 in Medical Services Using Another Person's ID - PHIprivacy.net, 04/04/2013

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