Medical identity theft spreads

The problem of medical identity theft is on the rise, and it’s often an inside job, experts say.

Between 250,000 and 500,000 people have their medical identities stolen each year, said Pam Dixon, who heads the World Privacy Forum, a non-profit group that helps victims of identity theft.

Most of the perpetrators are “people working in the health-care sector”—for instance, billing or housecleaning staff or clerical workers at large hospitals who have access to confidential patient information such as Social Security and health insurance policy numbers, said Dixon, considered the nation’s leading authority on the topic.

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