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14 Things You Should Never Keep in Your Wallet

Reader's Digest Logo By Marissa Laliberte,Brooke Nelson of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 14: There’s a good chance you carry your health insurance card around with you for worst-case-scenario reasons. After all, what if an emergency happens and you end up in the ER? Not to worry, says Robert Siciliano, CSP, the CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com. 'If you don’t have your card on you, they’ll still treat you,' he says. 'You can respond to the hospital or insurance company later.' On the other hand, if you do keep it with you and someone steals your wallet, thieves could get procedures done in your name. Not only will they be billed to you, but the doctor visits could mess with your medical records like your drug allergies. You really only need the physical card the first time you visit a doctor’s office, where the staff will keep a photocopy in its records, says Siciliano. He recommends only taking it to those visits, then keeping a photo of your card on your phone or in your email where thieves can’t find it. Learn about these 12 items you should never carry in a purse too.

Health insurance card

There’s a good chance you carry your health insurance card around with you for worst-case-scenario reasons. After all, what if an emergency happens and you end up in the ER? Not to worry, says Robert Siciliano, CSP, the CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com. 'If you don’t have your card on you, they’ll still treat you,' he says. 'You can respond to the hospital or insurance company later.' On the other hand, if you do keep it with you and someone steals your wallet, thieves could get procedures done in your name. Not only will they be billed to you, but the doctor visits could mess with your medical records like your drug allergies. You really only need the physical card the first time you visit a doctor’s office, where the staff will keep a photocopy in its records, says Siciliano. He recommends only taking it to those visits, then keeping a photo of your card on your phone or in your email where thieves can’t find it. Learn about these 12 items you should never carry in a purse too.
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