One Way to Lower Health Costs: Steal Someone Else’s Medical I.D.

This is from the New York Times:

The last time federal data on the crime was collected, for a 2007 report, more than 250,000 Americans a year were victims of medical identity theft. That number has almost certainly increased since then, because of the increased use of electronic medical records systems built without extensive safeguards.

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  1. Stephen C. says:

    I’ve got an idea. Somebody should steal the medical identities of all the members of Congress and post them online.

  2. Ken says:

    All this is going to get easier if everyone is forced to have an electronic medical record.

  3. Devon Herrick says:

    According to Stephen Parente’s testimony before he House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health (June 23rd), there is also a thriving black market in deceased physician IDs. These are used by crooks to generate phantom services for imaginary patients — all billed to Medicare and Medicaid to the tune of $100 billion per year.