Opting Out Of Providing Information About Me

On a recent visit to the hospital for a routine check-up, a hospital worker asked me to fill out forms stating my ethnicity, information she said the government would aggregate. She also told me to stop adding my social security number on hospital paperwork, stop giving it to medical workers when signing in for procedures, and stop providing the information to outpatient surgery centers. Too many people have access to the information and patients can no longer be guaranteed that the government-issued numbers won’t end up in the wrong hands and sold to someone else, she said.