Thursday, August 10, 2017
Protect your health records on the road
When you travel, you may put your identity at special risk.
--Never accept "free" health services or products requiring you health plan ID number.
--Never share insurance numbers on the phone--unless you called them.
--If you take your medical records with you, put them in a locked box or scan them and put them on an encrypted thumb drive or CD.
--Shred old records.
---If you are home or on the road, take labels off prescription bottles before tossing them.
--Make sure your purse or wallet is secure.
--Do not use public wi-fi to log onto health financial sites.
--Monitor your credit reports to see if your medical or financial information has gotten out.
When I traveled, I also purchased temporary travel insurance--I got mine from Amex--that would fly me home if I got sick and cover medical bills abroad.
I also carried a few American hundred-dollar bills--accepted everywhere, I have found. I even had to use one to pay a doctor in Madrid. Nothing like good old cash.