A Columbus GA medical clinic announced this week that it will now accept Bitcoin as payment for services. In a press release announcing the decision, the clinic referred to the digital currency as a “completely independent money system” and praised its lack of restrictions, outside controls, and hidden fees. The announcement claims that the center will be among the first in its area to accept the world’s most well-known digital currency.
Over the course of the last several years, a growing number of health care providers have started to accept digital currency payments from their patients. Many have done so due to cryptocurrency’s perceived anonymity, which can help to safeguard patient privacy. Others have made the move to accommodate patient financial needs.
CPMC’s press release suggests that the clinic’s decision was motivated not only by those potential benefits, but also by other concerns that will be all too familiar to many in the digital currency community. According to the clinic’s lead doctor, Dr, Eric Codner:
“After the stock market meltdown of ’08-09 I have witnessed suffering from hundreds of families that lost jobs, retirement savings, and even their homes due to greedy government backed bankers and HMO’s alike. Using Bitcoin for your purchases returns power to the consumer by allowing payment through a decentralized currency that cannot be manipulated by any bank or government.”