Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

OSJCL Amici Board of Advisors

OSJCL Amici: Views from the Field

Medical Identification Theft

Medical ID theft is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent forms of identity theft in the country, a trend that can cause large hassles to its victims at best and at worst can prove deadly. The concept arises when an individual presents at a hospital claiming to be another in order to obtain medical treatment that he/she otherwise would have been unable to afford. The treatment that is administered is then added to the chart of the named patient, a process that permanently alters the medical history of the victim. While this may only result in increased premiums individually and systemically, this fraud also may result in misdiagnoses when an individual is admitted for emergency treatment, a prospect which can prove fatal.



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