Canadian Healthcare Platform AskTheDoctor.com Starts Accepting Bitcoin Payments

Canadian digital healthcare platform AskTheDoctor.com, which allows patients with sensitive health inquiries to consult a licensed physical online, has begun accepting Bitcoin payments for services.

AskTheDoctor was launched in 2010 and and the platform has rapidly grown to include millions of users from almost every country in the world. The company framed the integration of Bitcoin as a more privacy-oriented payment method for users who would like some added confidentiality, which isn’t currently available with credit card payments. Prakash Chand, CEO of AskTheDoctor, explains:
“Many of our users ask extremely sensitive questions from teenage pregnancy to STD's to drug use that they are too afraid to go to their own doctor’s office to get help for. On top of that, many users don’t want their family members to know. While it does take some extra effort to have complete anonymity using Bitcoin, it’s certainly a large improvement over a credit card.”
Since launching in 2010, the innovative online health service has forged partnerships with the U.S. Institute of Health and the National Library of Medicine, which tapped the vast database of medical questions gathered by the company for training artificial intelligence-powered medical assistant programs.

According to the release, Bitcoin payments are available for the desktop platform only, with mobile integration coming soon:
“Later this month Ask The Doctor will launch the Bitcoin payment option on its mobile platform.”
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