A Clean Bill of Health: Keeping Your Medical Information Safe
The nightmare begins when someone uses a stolen identity to rack up medical bills and file false insurance claims. When medical records are tainted with false history and diagnoses, critical treatment can be delayed, and the wrong medications can be prescribed with dangerous consequences. That’s why it’s so important to be on the lookout for medical identity theft.
- Review bills closely. Medical bills and insurance statements may contain important signs that you are a victim of medical identity theft. Open and carefully review each medical document you receive, checking the itemized costs. If something looks suspicious, investigate by calling right away.
- Regularly check your medical and pharmaceutical records. The process of requesting and obtaining your medical records can be time-consuming and expensive, but it can reveal serious medical fraud issues. At a minimum, keep a list of the names and contacts for doctors and other healthcare providers you have visited in the past and refer back to this list in the event of an issue. Check your pharmacy records and be sure all prescriptions are really yours.
- Check every medical insurance Explanation of Benefits (EOB). When your insurance provider sends an EOB, check the services charged against your own list of doctors visited, treatments received and dates of service.
- Know your rights. If you think you’re a victim of fraud, verify your rights with your province’s Privacy Commissioner. Your personal health information is protected.