doc in the box ‘needs’ SSN

20051205, 49

I spent some money at the immediate care facility closest to home this weekend, in response to four days of flu-like symptoms and feeling beaten down. The sign on the counter said “Social Security number required” and the patient information form (in caps) reiterated. Why? I refused, and they provided service anyway, but why would I give my tax identification number to my physician?

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