More people are using stolen identities so they can get health care, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. I've seen a handful of cases like this over the past year or so. Until now, most identity thefts have strictly had a cash motive -- the bad guys usually went on shopping sprees, not hospital visits. Some med centers are fighting back by requiring palm and retina scans from patients.
The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association estimates up to half a million people have had their identity stolen for medical services. The Washington-based organization calls medical ID theft an “escalating crime,” part of an estimated $68 billion lost annually to health-care fraud.