Medical identity theft strikes 5.8% of American adults

Ellen Messmer reports:

Identity thieves are not only interested in tapping financial resources, but are also after your medical identification data and services.

Medical identity theft typically involves stolen insurance card information, or costs related to medical care and equipment given to others using the victim’s name. Roughly 5.8% of American adults have been victimized, according to a new survey from The Ponemon Institute. The cost per victim, on average, is $20,160.


According to the survey, 29% of victims of medical ID theft discovered the problem a year after the incident, and 21% said it took two or more years to learn about it.

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