Medical identity theft is on the increase andthe consequences can be costly. A surveyshows medical identify theft is up 20 percent within the last year. Nearly twomillion Americans have become victims of medical identity theft. And it is estimatedvictims nationwide will spend more than 12 billion dollars in out-of-pocketexpenses to get the problem corrected.

This is an issue going undetecteduntil a patient finds out their medical records have been changed.

Here are some ways you canprotect your personal health information.

  • Always double-check your statement and explanation of benefit.
  • Obtain an annual summary of all the insurance benefits andservices paid in your name to medical providers.
  • Report lost or stolen insurance cards immediately and shred anyinsurance related paperwork.
  • Be vigilant in providing yourpersonal or insurance information, especially if medical services are offeredfor free