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Copycat Medical IDs pose serious risk to patients and first responders

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MedicAlert Foundation is becoming increasingly concerned about a number of copycat unsupported medical IDs being advertised as Medical Alert Medical IDs.

Copycat medical IDs pose a serious risk to both patients and first responders in the event of a medical emergency if the correct patient information is not easily accessible.

MedicAlert Foundation chief executive Murray Lord says, "MedicAlert is the only Medical ID service that is backed by a New Zealand based 24/7 emergency hotline to support first responders with vital information on your medical condition - no other copycat Medical ID provides this essential benefit."

Copycat medical IDs are often advertised as a cheaper alternative to incentivise their purchase, but they are not registered or supported by the 24/7 emergency hotline enabling first responders to access accurate information about your medical status.

If you are unsure about the validity of your medical ID, the MedicAlert Foundation is offering to help. Visit your GP and complete a MedicAlert Enrolment form: forward this along with payment to enrol with MedicAlert Foundation, along with the copycat ID.

The Foundation will then activate the support services you need and provide you with a new clinically validated custom engraved stainless-steel Medical ID at no additional cost.

"It is extremely important people are aware of the serious risks presented by using copycat IDs, they are not a Medic Alert Medical ID and have none of the health, safety, privacy and identity fraud protection standards provided by a MedicAlert Medical ID," Murray Lord said.

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