How could it be possible that criminals ignore a billion dollar industry for their unlawful activities? That’s why theft and stealing is a norm in medical industry too.
Let’s look at the ways criminals use to steal information and money in the medical industry.
The same people who are saving the lives of patients are, ironically, also stealing money from them. Hospitals and private clinics are full of these stories. And let’s face it, charging a patient more than what’s fair is downright unethical – and there is a name for it – stealing.
How they do it? Let’s see:
- Doctors slows down medication of patients, making them pay more visits than necessary. With each visit patients have to pay the fees and that’s the whole reason for slow medication process.
- Doctors make the patients to undergo unnecessary tests, which cost patients loads of money. The doctors do it, because they are commission-based partner with the laboratories.
- Hospital administration overcharging patients for rooms, beds, blankets, food and other necessities. Often times, the hospital rate is just fine, but the attendants at the administration are doing this for their secret profits.
Now, not all the hospitals and doctors indulge in these activities, but surely a good number of them do.
Stealing Medical Data of Patients
Still in its infancy, the stealing of medical data is getting popular. Previously, the healthcare data was stolen from the journals and files by either bribing the faculty or by breaking into the room where the files are kept.
But in the last decade, this has changed due to the use of computers for storing and retrieving data. For, criminals this has now become easier to steal the healthcare information by hacking the computers of the hospitals or private clinics.
The criminals take the help of hackers for that and give them incentive to do the job. The hacker then uses viruses, malware, keyloggers and software vulnerabilities to steal the required information.
Once they got the needed information, the criminals use it for a number of dirty activities:
People whose medical data are compromised, often face healthcare frauds. The criminals use the stolen information of people to fill out false claims to insurance companies and government agencies for healthcare funds. The companies and agencies check the data and find it authentic (it is, because it’s stolen) and issue the said funds to the client (the criminal, in this case). When the victim gets to know about the issue, the criminal is usually long gone.
Criminals use the real information of victims to produce fake prescriptions. These prescriptions are then used to order drugs at various pharmacies. Once the drugs are acquired, these are sold for high prices in the black market, as these no longer require any prescriptions.
Medical Data Ransom
This may sound exaggerated, but this has become a reality. Criminals are hacking into the clinic’s or hospital’s server and encrypting all the medical data. Making it impossible for the staff to read and get the information of patients. The criminals then ask for ransom and threaten to destroy the data if their requirements weren’t fulfilled.
I really wish thieves to be noble people, they would play a great part in the development of the society and economy – because they find a way to steal information and money out of the blue. So what they would do if they use their abilities for noble purposes.
But as criminals don’t mind stealing, so no one should pity them. They must be caught and put into jail for their wrongdoings.
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