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Your Doctor's Office Informative / Keep your children's ssn private - Minors do not need to disclose SSN

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Took my kid to the doctor a couple of weeks ago for a minor illness. He has not been there for almost a year so they asked me to update his file.

Receptionist hands me the clipboard and says "oh and we are going to need his social security number." I say "Oh?" She says "yes or the billing office will put the account on hold." I say "Well there not going to get it. There is no reason they need a minor's social security number." She says "ok." People don't let your medical providers coerce information from you that they don't need. I have been a medical biller for 20+ years and I know that there is no circumstance where a child's social security number is needed at the doctors office. Mom and/or Dad's ssn - yes, but not a minor's. So I guess my account is on hold....whatever that means.

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