If you are among the dwindling number of people who haven’t opted to go paperless, chances are you have to deal with piles of medical bills, health insurance policies and receipts. Even if you have chosen paperless options whenever possible, you cannot avoid having some hard copies of important documents that must be dealt with. It may be tempting to simply toss them in the trash, but doing so can have negative consequences. There are a number of scenarios that require you to reference medical records from your past, and it can be difficult or impossible to track down information that was on documents you threw away. The type of document determines whether you should keep it or discard it, and the type of information included in the document determines whether it should be shredded.
What to Keep and for How Long
Always Shred Personal Information
Unfortunately, identity theft is a common occurrence, and one of the easiest ways for identity thieves to access your sensitive information is via discarded documents that have not been shredded. You should shred any medical record that has personal information anywhere in or on it before throwing it away. Sensitive personal information includes names, addresses, contact information, social security numbers, health insurance policy numbers, credit card information, account numbers and bank information.
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