Contact: Karen Gainey, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 910-291-7550 FAX: 910-291-7996

April 28, 2011

Laurinburg, N.C. - Medical identity theft is on the rise with statistics showing that half of one million Americans have already been victims of this type of identity theft. Scotland Health Care System joins many other health care institutions across the country in a move to help deter thieves from stealing your medical identity.

When registering for treatment at Scotland Health Care System patients are already asked to provide full name, date of birth, and address. However, in an effort to help prevent the theft of your medical identity, effective May 1st, Scotland Health Care System will begin requiring patients to present a photo I.D.

Without the need to present a photo I.D. a thief simply needs your social security number and your name to steal your identity. A photo I.D. will help ensure registration personnel correctly identifies patients.

Medical identity theft can be lethal because these thieves are tampering with your medical records, which could result in mistreatment. Also, you could face medical bills for treatments you never received.

According to Camille Utter, RN, Senior Director of Patient Care Services, this move is for the benefit and protection of our patients. "We are working very hard to be proactive against medical identity theft. We will work with any patient who does not have a photo I.D. to present. We'll be lenient for a period of time and will take other forms of I.D. when necessary. No one will be refused care because they didn't bring acceptable identification with them. Patients will be asked to bring appropriate documents to their next visit."

Accepted forms of photo identification:
Driver's license
State ID card
Military ID
Work ID badge
Student badge

If you have questions about Scotland Health Care System's new photo I.D. policy, please contact the Marketing Department at 910-291-7550.

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