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Obama care is putting your medical identity at risk that's right tonight we're continuing.
Our in depth investigation into the mounting dangers posed to your medical records.
-- with obamacare it creates a federal database for patient information electronic.
It's only escalating the number of ways your medical identity can be stolen Pam Dixon.
Executive director of the world privacy form joins me now.
Welcome to show Pam great -- here tell us about the dangers.
First of all of these electronic records looking go wrong.
All sorts of things coming thing is that when you have a digital medical file its.
Something that can be stolen on steroids instead of walking out of a hospital with.
If you files you can walk out with the US being with thousands or tens of thousands of files on it.
That's some of the dangers -- moving to digital files but it's a really important move to make.
Well we'll talk a little bit about what these -- are looking for this can be somebody inside a hospital or doctor's office.
-- can be a -- feels so for goodness sake has found that it's very lucrative to do this we're seeing more forcing people who used to deal cocaine.
Now treating and medical identity is how to -- do it and what are they looking for.
The main purpose is to find names of people and their -- preferably.
Their Medicare number or their prescriptions.
In -- kind of information.
And what that these wanna do is they want to in person at the people.
And create fake bills for them then they can just collect that money as gifts that they were really the doctor a network caring for you.
And in this way they can make millions of dollars it's a great scam it's very lucrative as you said.
And to the average scam is around two million dollars all the way up to a hundred million dollars -- out I was trying to tell people that if you.
If you steal somebody's identity in the usual way.
You have access to their bank account -- their credit cards but if you do this.
You have access to the insurers bank account and credit cards may -- hospitals banking credit card numbers.
You have to put together -- great map we show where people get their medical identity rip job I wanna show this to people now it's in really looks like.
It really looks like most of the folks here in Florida these are the elderly -- gets hit most often.
It's it's so awful to look at when we did this map we were actually surprised by the results but when you really look at the research here.
It's basically Medicare Medicaid hot spots in the country.
So its northern and Southern California the eastern seaboard and of course Florida and then of course Texas a little bit in Chicago.
Those are your hotspots in Arizona so a lot of elderly.
Retired folks are really getting can also disabled people and anyone with a chronic medical condition.
Wow what you we're telling people yesterday.
That the street value of your medical ideas something like fifty bucks.
Your Social Security number only goes for a dollar.
To -- see how valuable this thing as tell me how to people find out that this is even happened to them.
Usually it takes about two years for folks to find out and a lot of times I mean we've actually gotten calls from people who found out just before surgery.
And the doctor comes -- says you know there's two different blood types listed in your health care file what's going on.
That's one way you can find out as your health care file has a lot of weird inaccuracies another way is that all the sudden you get bit pulls.
-- service is that you never received a surgery you never got or prescriptions you never filled and don't need these are some of the main ways people find out.
And Pam I know you've written I've got to repeat this because I thought this was so compelling in this story.
That the real danger is somebody steals your medical identity.
And then you show up in an emergency room -- they're giving you the wrong blood type because that's what's in your file.
But if somebody is script she -- the dangers are huge.
Right that is the core harm of medical identity that.
It's not just that they are using insurance money improperly the real problem.
Is that when they do that they introduce errors into your medical record.
And it is very very challenging to then go and fix those records.
Well we -- a few of those tips on Gerri Willis dot com tonight how to fix that medical record but.
Here in for a lot of work you have to do it -- thanks for coming on tonight appreciate it thank you.
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