Medical Identity Theft: What Are The Reasons For This Fraud Crime? What Are Your Risks?

Medical identity theft is one of the fraud crimes that has increased over the past years in the United States. According to the Ponemon Institute 1.84 million people were victims of medical identity theft in 2013 with an estimated total cost of $28,6 billion.

id

It is illegal to use a person’s identity or personal health information to receive health care services. Some people intentionally commit fraud against “themselves” by allowing uninsured people to use their health insurance to obtain care. This is called “Robin Hood” crimes and it constituted 30% of medical ID theft in 2013.

rh

There are different reasons for stealing someone else’s medical identity:

  • obtain prescription drugs to sell them
  • get free treatment
  • falsify or inflate treatment claims

 

Medical identity theft can lead to serious damages such as loss of health coverage in case when false insurance claims get over the limits of your health policy that can leave you without medical emergency coverage. If the hospital bills in your name are not paid, this can ruin your credit. Thief’s treatment data can include wrong blood type or allergies so you can receive wrong treatment based on someone else’s medical information. Legal problems and higher health premiums are also the consequences that will affect you negatively.

indexIf you need legal help and don’t know where to turn, make sure you come to Legal Bistro! You have nothing to loose with us, our experienced lawyers will be glad to work with you an a contingent fee basis!


Our motto is "When Lawyers Compete You Win!" If you are a consumer in need of legal services, you can post your case anonymously and Free of Charge. If you are an attorney seeking new clients, you may register on the site for free. You will only pay when a client requests that you contact them to discuss their case.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


nine − = 5

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>