Public and private sector organizations, consumer groups and medical agencies have joined forces under the umbrella of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA) with the aim of tackling this insidious crime -- but it's an uphill battle.
So, what do we mean by medical ID theft?
This is how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) describes it: "A thief may use your name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with your insurance provider, or get other care.
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