Medical Identity Theft Intensifies Over the Years
- Medical Identity Theft Alliance (MIFA)
- Ponemon Institute
- A study revealed that medical identity victims learn about the offense only after three months of crime, with 30% of them unknown to the motive.
- A data breach at health insurer Anthem affected 80 million patient records.
- Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft revealed that 65% of victims paid more than$13,000 to solve the crime mystery.
To cut it short
While we all know that identity theft is a rising issue we fail to realize that medical identity pilfering is a grave threat. Criminals can commit medical larceny by using patient’s private data as name, birthday, credit and insurance card numbers to avail free services and prescriptions. It is comprehended that the medical thefts can have life-threatening impact on the victims. We hope the health authorities undertake effective measures to put a halt to the malpractice.