What should I do if an identity thief receives medical treatment using my name?

If an identity thief gets medical treatment using your name, the thief’s medical information can be added to your medical, health insurance, and payment records.

If you suspect an identity thief has used your medical information, get copies of your medical records. Under federal law, you have a right to know what’s in your medical files. You may need to pay a fee to get copies of your records. Contact each doctor, clinic, hospital, pharmacy, laboratory, health plan, and anywhere you believe the thief has used your information.

The medical provider or office that created the information must change any inaccurate or incomplete information in your files. They also should tell labs, other health care providers, and anyone else that might have gotten incorrect information. If an investigation doesn’t resolve your dispute, ask that a statement of the dispute be included in your record.

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