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There are a lot of security measures to take to protect your personal data. Simply setting up fraud alerts for your credits cards and ramping up cyber security systems on your devices are good starts.  But have you ever thought about the massive amount of personal data that your health care providers have?  How do you protect your privacy and security when it comes to health care?

Did you know, according to a National Survey, more than 80% of medical practices have been the victims of cyberattacks? Luckily, the most valuable piece of information, your nine-digit Social Security Number (SSN) is in your control.

Sure, all of the medical paper work you’re asked to fill out gives the impression that it is mandatory to provide your SSN. The thing is, that isn’t mandatory. The best way to protect yourself and privacy when dealing with health care providers such as Dentists, Doctor of Medicine, Clinical Psychologist etc., is to just say NO! You do not legally have to provide your SSN on such paperwork. Keep in mind, when dealing with Medicare and Medicaid, different laws may apply.

SSN are one of the most sought-after items and can give someone access to things like your financial information and even the ability to steal your identity. So, keeping it private and off of your health care paper work is going to ensure better personal security.

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