Starting Saturday you better have two forms of ID with you if you get sick in many parts of Eastern Carolina and need to go to the hospital.
That's because University Health Systems, which includes Pitt County Memorial Hospital, is requiring a photo ID to protect its patients from medical identity theft. A second form of ID is also required.
Those requiring emergency services will not need to meet those identity requirements.
UHS says this is a part of a new "Red Flag Rule" issued by the Federal Trade Commission.
In addition to admissions, those wanting copies of medical records or those asking to discuss bills will also need to present the two forms of ID.
The hospital system says if someone does not have a photo ID with their current address on it, the patient should also bring a utility bill or some other acceptable for of ID showing their current address.
University Health Systems includes Albemarle Health, Bertie Memorial Hospital, Chowan Hospital, Duplin General Hospital, Heritage Hospital, Outer Banks Hospital, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, and Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.
Acceptable photo IDs include:
State ID card
Work ID badge
Second forms of ID include:
Social Security card
Utility bill (gas, electric, water, phone, cable)
Tax bill or statement
W2 form or income tax return
Voter registration card
School record signed by principal
Letter from homeless shelter
Computer-printed check stub
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