In an age where identity theft has become easy, many physicians are taking the extra step to prevent such crimes in their offices. Doctors check identification to ensure that the patient they are treating, is really who they say they are. "Patients are asked to have identification with them, usually a drivers license or health ID card. They are cross referenced and then they are entered into the computer as being a legitimate person" says one dermatologist to WWLP News. There have been several cases of identify theft where a patient uses credit card of another to fund their plastic surgery. Although these persons are later charged, the hassle related to credit card debt still remains with the person whose name is on the card. Physicians that take the extra step to prevent such mishaps are ensuring that their own practice is safe as well as their patients.