Midwives have been increasingly opting for cryptocurrencies in recent months as the country’s health system struggles with the introduction of the drug tramadol in 2017.
While the coin has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its low cost, its price has been in flux.
On Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the results of a survey of midwives.
The results showed that while some midwives were using cryptocurrency as a payment method, most chose to opt for fiat currency, citing a lack of convenience in using the currency.
However, the survey also showed that midwives who were choosing cryptocurrencies as a way to avoid the cost of the drugs tramadoline and other treatments, were the most accepting.
According to the survey, the median number of patients who were offered alternative payment methods was 0.2 per cent, while the median time from initial payment to receiving payment was 14 days.
The survey also found that a total of 15.6 per cent of midwifers surveyed had no interest in using cryptocurrencies for payment, compared to just 8.6 percent of doctors.
The midwives’ survey comes just weeks after the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare published a report on the growing adoption of cryptocurrencies in Australia.
The report found that about 3,400 Australian hospitals were using cryptocurrencies in the last six months, with more than 5,000 of those using cryptocurrencies as payment methods.
However the study also highlighted the challenges that this growth may bring.
“Many patients are choosing alternative payment mechanisms in the wake of the tramadolin announcement.
This may have been the case prior to the tramads, but it is likely that this trend will increase as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen,” the report said.”
If this trend continues, there may be a potential for patients to be left without options and in need of alternative treatments that can be covered by insurance.”