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Photo ID required for Medical Services
#1
I went to my ophthalmologist this morning. I've been seen in that office for about 10 years -- they know me.
I was surprised when they wanted to scan my driver's license. I refused to let it out of my physical possession.

They claimed it was a new Medicare Law. (I think the FTC may pushing this under the name "Red Flag")

I stood my ground and told them it would be a felony to make an image of an identity document.
(I was willing to walk out)

I won that round.

Anyone else getting asked to no only show, but to permit them to scan their photo ID?
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#2
Generally, no. But I had a hospital diagnostic procedure a week ago and they asked for my photo ID.

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#3
In Ontario, we have separate photo ID cards for Driving and Medical Insurance. Some few people still have the old red&white no photo Health card; the rest of us have photo ID cards that expire every five years. The health card no longer has your address, and neither have our federal SIN (Social Security-like) - that is restricted to federal tax account usage now. Thirty years ago it was my Bell Canada employee number; I had to write it often enough that it is still memorized.

I have never been asked for my Health card outside of a hospital or clinic, and I don't think I would let anybody photocopy either card.
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#4
Yep, I've had two diagnostic tests this month, one this morning at a local hospital.  In both instances, they asked for my Photo ID.  They didn't ask my permission to scan or copy it, and I'm not sure if they did or not.   Sad

Will definetly question it next time.
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#5
Sure….. every time I go to a medical office here in the Chicago area. I was told there were too many instances of people “loaning” their medical cards for services and a picture ID was now required to verify the card holder.
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#6
They may do that in practice; but I doubt it has been codified into the black and white letter of the law.
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#7
It is increasingly the case this side of the pond that you have to prove ID for many things that we never used to bother about in the past.

In recent years I have been told to take my passport along with me for job interviews, wanting to move to another GP(family doctor) a couple of hundred yards down the road from the existing one I was told that I would need photo ID and a utility invoice.

As I have mentioned in the past, we run a socialised medical system, totally free at point of use, meaning an open door for those who choose to take advantage, so now ID is being asked for in some cases, in particular at hospitals in London close to the main airport.
We have of course to ensure that no person is seen to be socially disadvantaged for whatever reason. Dielaughing even if we know full well they are taking the......................... I am sure there is an American phrase that would slot in there.

Don't even get me started on the money laundering precautions taken by banks, seemingly designed to inconvenience the honest customer while allowing the criminals to do as they wish.
I normally say that I am not a white slave trader or drug dealer, but they do not appear to appreciate the joke.
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#8
A couple weeks ago, I received a call (recording) from my local pharmacy telling me a perscription was ready for pickup.  I called them back to find out the cost and what exactly was perscribed.  

They proceed to tell me they can't tell me over the phone.  I gave them my insurance info, and they still refused to talk to me. I reminded them that they called me first!  Still no dice, so I told them, ok I will be in to pick it up in a couple days.

Well, I didn't go to pick up until a week later.  The tech behind the counter tells me they don't have a perscription for me.  Then, I remind them of our phone conversation.  The tech then goes to his trusty computer while holding up at least 4 other people in line for what seemed like an endless period of time.  

He comes back and explains that I waited too long to pick up the script and it would be fraud for them to give it to me after 7 days.  He tried to tell me that was the law.   Thinking-about

Then after making a scene and raising my voice, they went ahead and refilled it without asking for ID or Insurance.  It was only a cream to treat ezema.  

I felt like I was being treated like a criminal, while the drug dealers run freely out there ruining peoples lives.   Crazy
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#9
Oh great!

One of my repeat prescriptions ended up about 400 miles away, we now put in a request at least a month before I actually need the stuff in the hope that we just might just get it on time.

They also have a habit of trying to pass off generics as they cost them less, but are not always as good.

It does confuse the hell out of them if you say you have no photo ID, my passport was out of date, I had an old fashioned driving licence without photo, all I had was an older persons free bus pass, yes we do have such a thing, but that did not cut the mustard as they say.
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#10
My ENT/Sleep Doc requires an insurance card update once a year. Ofter the first visit, they never asked for a picture ID. At the first visit, they take you picture, like a driver's license) and put it in your file. When you check in and they pull up your file, there is your picture with instant verification. 

Just wish I had to show an ID to vote as I have been the victim of voter fraud several times - there are two other people in the county with the same first name, middle initial, and last name. The folks at the polls don't even bother to check addresses. This is why I am an advocate of mail in ballots.

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