It can be cheaper than paying insurance premiums, says Jim Landers:
An estimated 313,000 Americans will have their medical identities stolen this year, according to a recent study by the Michigan-based Ponemon Institute, bringing the total number in the last few years to 1.84 million.
Those numbers can be doubled overnight if hackers break into the quickly growing medical databases around the country. U.S. hospitals and medical centers have been hit by 56 hacking attacks in the last four years. A hacker traced to Romania lifted identities and other information from 780,000 patients in Utah’s Medicaid files in 2012.