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Do What You Can To Avoid Identity Theft

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It may seem odd to see the mention of identity theft in an article on hospitals. However, it can be a problem.

  • Your Social Security number is used as your patient identifying number by many hospitals. You can't control the hospital's system or their security systems. However, you can try not to use your Social Security number on your identification band. If necessary black out all but the last four numbers.
  • Don't leave blank checks or bank statementes in your nightstand or in any other easily accessible place. It is better to have a relative or friend bring you checks when needed.
  • Likewise, there is generally no need to have a credit card in a hospital. If you need one for a specific purpose, ask someone to bring it to you (and take it away when you've used it.)

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