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looking for reference

  Several months ago, a mention was made in this list of the experience in
  Vermont (sic?) where citizens were queried about using their willingnes to
  use their SSNs as a medical record number.  Some high percentage responded
  that they wished to keep their SSN private but later, when the state of VT
  was actually assigning medical ID numbers, only some small percentage
  actually chose to be assigned a new number to memorize or keep records of.
  Can anyone supply more detail or leads to the complete story?
  I am interested in comparing the response of people when faced with a
  personal question in the abstract with no consequences and their response
  when a cost (no matter how slight) is attached to the choice.
  Lewis Lorton, Executive Director
  Healthcare Open Systems and Trials