Second Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft


Tags: Data Breach, Healthcare, Fraud Prevention

This survey reveals the lack of awareness many Americans have about medical identity theft and the devastating consequences it can have. These include financial loss, incorrect medical records and harm to their credit scores. Moreover, medical identity theft appears to be an easy crime to commit.


We are pleased to present the findings of the Second Annual Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Experian's ProtectMyID. This is the second year we conducted this study to rigorously determine how pervasive medical identity theft is in the United States and how it has affected American consumers. In this year?s study, we also surveyed consumers on how recent healthcare legislation and the government?s plan to create a national database to house healthcare records might affect the security of their medical records. For purposes of this study, we define medical identity theft as occurring when someone uses an individual?s name and personal identity to fraudulently receive medical services, prescription drugs and/or goods, including attempts to commit fraudulent billing. As the results of this study show, consumers are at risk of having their medical credentials stolen by a family member, of becoming a victim of a data breach, or of having someone access their credit or personal health record. More than 1,672 adult-aged individuals from two independent samples participated in this study. Of these respondents, 633 are known individuals who have experienced identity theft either directly or through the experience of a close family member.1 Forty-four percent of respondents have private insurance and 18 percent have Medicare or Medicaid. Fifty percent attended college or have an advanced degree.

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