Doctor's Office, SS# vent
I'm not sure of the proper forum, but I'll post this here.
Background Story: I asked my doctor for a referral to have some skin tags removed. The office faxed the referral over to a specialist. The next day the specialist's office called me to set up an appointment and requested my SS# which I provided. I thought it was weird that they called me, but I do live in a small town that is losing a lot of doctors so I thought maybe they just wanted to secure my business. They sent me some forms to fill out that requested my ss#, insurance card photocopy, driver's license photocopy, and dh's ss# because he is the person who physically works and my insurance is through him.
I gave my ss# and the photocopy of the insurance card. I said that dh's info was not applicable and refused to provide a copy of my driver's license. They said the driver's liscense was for for the specialist's benefit so he could put a name with the face. My opinion is that they need to take a picture if it's that important. That happened a couple of days ago. Today they called and requested dh's ss# again. They said they had to have it because he was the insurance holder. I gave it to them.
Now dh is upset and so am I. I know this is a doctor's office, but now I'm worried about identity theft. I'm wondering if the specialist's office actually *needed* that info. I may call the insurance company to see what they require from the doctor.
I'm just sort of venting here, but if anyone has any useful comments or advice, I'd appreciate it.