Phenomena of medical identity theft occurs mostly in countries such as the US, South Korea and Switzerland, where an average health insurance costs starting from 100-300 US dollars up to 1000 US dollars per month. Fraudsters’ target is either a Social Security Number or an insurance card information.
The main threats a person may encounter are:
In some cases, even a person’s credit card information is endangered as it’ theft can go unnoticed until a medical service is actually needed. In order to decrease the risks patients shouldn’t allow to have their credit cards photocopied at the doctor’s office as it is not required in order to get medical service. Being cautious does not always keep you safe either, because thieves can go deeper and hack databases containing patient identity information.
The signs indicating your medical information was stolen:
The best solution may either be documents-based check or biometric authentication if you want to simplify the flow for your users.