Although identity theft is usually associated with financial transactions, it also happens in the context of medical care. According to the Federal Trade Commission, medical identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s name or insurance information to get medical treatment, prescription drugs or surgery. It also happens when dishonest people working in a medical setting use another person’s information to submit false bills to insurance companies.
Medical identity theft is a concern for patients, health care providers, and health plans. Health care providers and insurers are asking how they can minimize the risk and help their patients if they’re victimized. Here are the FTC’s answers to those questions.
Date: April 09, 2019