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For those who are, and have been concerned, about the truth about a National ID and healthcare, CQ Politics has gone to ask the tough questions about what’s REALLY in the bill.

Vetting the Health Care Rhetoric

Claim: The government would have “real-time access” to individual bank accounts and create a “national ID health card.”

Source: Conservative groups opposed to the Democrats’ health care overhaul have asserted this in chain e-mails and at rallies across the country. Many claims emanate from the Family Security Matters Web publication.

FALSE. A section of the bill would require insurers to make it easier for patients to calculate the cost of their care by providing information about the prices of treatments in the doctor’s office. The House bill also would allow — but not require — insurers to issue patients a “machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card,” similar to the insurance cards most people with coverage already carry. The card would not be issued by the government.


I don’t know. But the idea has been around for awhile:

As privacy concerns have assumed center stage, the many compelling advantages of the UHI [Universal Health Identifier] including aspects of a UHI that will promote privacy are getting lost in the debate. A unique identifier would allow for more rapid and accurate identification and integration of the proper patient records, so patients can receive safer and higher quality health care. Every aspect of health care from making sure the right person gets the right blood transfusion to making sure the right insurance company pays for care requires accurate identification of individuals. A unique identifier is desirable because the identifier used today is a person’s name. Since names are not unique we have to collect additional information to identify an individual such as birth date, gender, SSN, and mother’s maiden name. As more information is collected error rates increase. It is currently estimated that there is an error rate of 5 to 8 percent in identifying patients. In addition, the information many people have an opportunity to see personally identifiable information. Replacing a name with an identifier could reduce errors and provide greater privacy protection.

A UHI can improve confidentiality, by providing accurate identification without unnecessarily disclosing a patient’s identity. For example, it can eliminate the need to use names on many claims forms and clinical records. It can replace the multiple pieces of identifying information (e.g., name, birth date, gender, SSN) about a patient that today must accompany clinical and financial information to ensure positive identification.


And the contract goes to Jersey FEMA….

DELRAY BEACH, FL – April 20, 2009 — VeriChip Corporation (NASDAQ:CHIP) (“VeriChip”), a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, announced today that it has sold the VeriTrace™ system for disaster relief and emergency management needs to Atlantic and Mercer counties in New Jersey.