By Nick Kosten, TechCrunch editorNick KostensaThe Virginias doctors are set to accept cryptocurrency payments for medical procedures, according to a recent report from The Washington Post.
According to the Post, the Virginias Health Department is looking into the possibilities for how they might be able to accept payment for such services.
“If the doctors want to do it, we could do it for free, so we would be open to it,” Dr. William Lipsky, the chief medical officer at Virginias, told the Post.
He said he’s not aware of any specific protocols that require doctors to use bitcoin.
Dr. Lipski said his department is currently looking into ways to do that, but he added that it is unlikely that any particular protocol would be developed.
He did not provide any further details about the protocol that would need to be developed for a payment in the cryptocurrency.
The department’s plan is to take a “wait and see” approach and decide if it can get through the transition period before they make any changes to how they handle cryptocurrency payments.
A spokesperson for the Virgin Islands Health Department told the Washington Post that they are “evaluating the potential for a new payment method.”
“We’re also actively considering other options including accepting digital currency as a payment option,” the spokesperson said.