Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

PT       2000-08-21 
Before tossing his trash, Ignacio Ramirez performs a ritual: He destroys every piece of paper with his name on it. "I'm a skeptical person," explains Ramirez, a family physician in San Diego. "I know how to protect myself." Ramirez may seem paranoid, but it's for good reason. Last February, a Boston medical-equipment supplier called his office demanding $85,000.