A Swiss health insurer now accepts crypto payments
Tuesday, 09 01 2020, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: Switzerland
A major health insurance provider in Switzerland has made Bitcoin and Ether payments available to its policyholders.
According to an Aug. 31 announcement, Atupri Health Insurance is partnering with crypto financial services company Bitcoin Suisse for its 200,000 customers to make payments using Bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH). Atupri, based in Bern, will not be holding any digital assets itself, but rather just receiving fiat payments in Swiss francs once the BTC or ETH is exchanged by Bitcoin Suisse. The insurance company — with roughly $887 million in annual sales as of 2019 — will have customers paying for any fees associated with mining.
“As digital pioneers in the healthcare sector, we anticipate social trends and offer insurance solutions with long-term prospects, said Caroline Meli, Head of Marketing and Sales at Atupri. “Blockchain technology and the associated use of cryptocurrencies are becoming increasingly important.”