Identity theft is prevalent. The combination of Social Security number and Driver license number is dangerous and extremely foolish to give out.
I was scheduled
for surgery at
She did not say that any other form of identification was acceptable. Also, I did not bring my wallet, only enough cash to get to the hospital and back home.
I previously registered at admission on 2010 December 30. No request for Driver license number was made then. If it had been, I would have refused then, cancelled the surgery and not gotten the blood tests and X‑rays, which I have refused to pay for.
There was nothing in the 4 pages stating that a Driver license number was required by federal law regarding anyone being admitted to a hospital. In truth and in fact, there is no federal law requiring a Driver license number regarding anyone being admitted to a hospital. There are no laws requiring the recording, photocopying, scanning, etc., of picture and non‑picture identification.
they admittedly knew of the requirement, Inland Cardiology Associates did not
have a posting at their front desk stating that a Driver license number is
required regarding anyone being admitted to
When I pre‑registered
Demanding a Driver license number just before surgery
without any prior notice is both intimidation and a civil rights violation, and
should be prosecuted by
United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs medical identification cards do not have Social Security numbers, but instead have a barcode and a picture of the individual. Medicare cards should be the same, not using Social Security numbers.
The United States Congress, Washington State Legislature and every other state assembly/legislature should pass specific laws restricting the demand for a Social Security number or Driver license number and prohibit the recording, photocopying, scanning, etc., of picture and non‑picture identification. It is not only a matter of privacy, it will prevent identity theft. At the present time, government is making identity theft easy.
The United States Department of Justice has ruled that anyone asking/demanding to see a Driver license for identification must have signs posted to that effect; and with regard to seeing picture identification when voting at polls, the picture must be on voter registration card. Obviously, this ruling would imply the same for Medicare cards.
“THE THEFT OR IMPROPER REMOVAL OF PATIENT DATA HAS BEEN A
REPEATED PROBLEM AT HOSPITALS OVER THE
PAST FEW YEARS. THERE HAVE BEEN MAJOR
INCIDENTS AT HOSPITALS IN
“BEWARE: SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS AVAILABLE ONLINE VIA INDEXED TAX DOCUMENTS — TO CLARIFY, THESE ARE TAX DOCUMENTS, AS THEY HAVE BEEN, WILL BE SUBMITTED TO STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: NAMES, ADDRESSES, INCOME, PHONE NUMBERS, CREDIT CARD NUMBERS (STORED FROM E‑FILING) AND, WORST OF ALL, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS. THE LATTER IS THE MOST DETRIMENTAL OF ALL. NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL FILING THEIR TAXES HAVING THEIR IDENTITY POTENTIALLY STOLEN, BUT BECAUSE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CHILDREN THAT THEY USE FOR TAX CREDITS.
“AS ANY PARENT KNOWS, YOU MUST INCLUDE CERTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN WHEN USING THEM FOR TAX BREAKS, NAMELY, THEIR NAMES AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS. THAT TAKES IDENTITY THEFT INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ATMOSPHERE, SINCE A CHILD HAVING THEIR IDENTITY STOLEN MOST LIKELY WILL NOT FIND OUT UNTIL YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, LONG AFTER THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE AND THE PERPETRATOR HAS VANISHED. THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH IGNORANCE ARE FAR-REACHING.” Zdnet, April 11 2011
“THE RECORDS OF ABOUT 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE, INCLUDING SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, WERE ERRONEOUSLY PLACED ON A PUBLIC COMPUTER SERVER AT THE TEXAS COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE AND REMAINED THERE FOR ABOUT A YEAR UNTIL OFFICIALS DISCOVERED THE MISTAKE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO, THE AGENCY ACKNOWLEDGED TODAY.
“THE RECORDS INCLUDED THE NAMES AND MAILING ADDRESSES OF INDIVIDUALS, AS WELL AS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, SAID OFFICIALS. TO VARYING DEGREES, THE MATERIAL RELEASED PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS DATES OF BIRTH OR DRIVER LICENSE NUMBERS.” Star Telegram April 11, 2011