09 Dec '13, 10am

San Francisco Doctor Accepts Bitcoin to Protect Patient Privacy

San Francisco Doctor Accepts Bitcoin to Protect Patient Privacy

A doctor and former programmer is using bitcoin’s revolutionary payment system as a new way to protect his patients’ privacy. Earlier this year, Dr Paul Abramson’s private practice, My Doctor Medical Group in San Francisco, began allowing patients to pay for their care with bitcoin. The decision has meant that people who want to keep their healthcare private can hide their medical payments from their bank. “Some patients wish to maintain extreme privacy regarding their medical care, and have identified that payment in bitcoin serves that end better than other methods,” Abramson told CoinDesk. “We try to accommodate our patients’ requests regarding their privacy as long as they are consistent with our own compliance with strict ethical and legal standards.” A vocal advocate for privacy, Abramson says he first became aware of bitcoin in 2012. However, he admits his own perso...

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