- Ask The Doctor started off by integrating Dogecoin claiming its low fees make it ideal for payments on its telehealth platform.
- It then conducted a poll between Floki Inu and Shiba Inu, and despite the latter winning, it decided to add both as payment options.
Long live the memes! This is the message that a Canadian telehealth startup is broadcasting to the world after integrating three of the most popular meme coins for payments. Ask The Doctor has added Dogecoin, Shiba Inu and Floki Inu for payments at a time when the three have been gaining traction in real-life uses as they shed off the “joke coin” moniker.
When Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus created Dogecoin, they had no idea that their joke coin would become a legitimate payment option. But it is, and its latest application is in the medical services field.
Dogecoin accepeted for healthcare services with our partners starting Monday ….$doge #dogecoin @elonmusk @mcuban @BillyM2k @dogecoin @kevinolearytv @ProTheDoge @MattWallace888 @Krypto_Kyle @MikeDavisYT pic.twitter.com/mypM0K1vtL— Ask The Doctor ® (@askthedr) November 17, 2021
Ask The Doctor is a Canadian telehealth platform and medical information website. It was founded in 2014 by former NHL star Israel Idonije, NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo and three other doctors. It first gained global recognition in May 2015 when it sprung to action to help the people of Nepal following a devastating earthquake that killed over 130 people and left over 3,200 homeless.
The platform has grown aggressively since then and has acquired other startups such as Sehat, India’s largest medical resource and Patients Connected, A British patients platform.
Following the announcement, Ask The Doctor explained that one of the biggest reasons that it took to DOGE was its very low transaction fees.
And for all those that attack Dogecoin as nothing but a meme coin without utility, the platform had a response:
Money is nothing but imagined reality. If someone wants to pay for services using a “dog token” and a business like ours is willing to accept it for something as important as healthcare services….then that is all that matters.
Prakash Chand, one of the founders of the platforms, is even convinced that through initiatives like this, DOGE can even hit a higher market cap than Bitcoin in due time.
“I’m convinced DOGE will have the highest utility as a global currency because of their speed to settle a transaction and low fees per transaction,” he stated.
And the platform didn’t stop there. It lobbied the Dogefather, Elon Musk, and Dogecoin founder Billy Markus to kickstart a fund that would pool resources together in DOGE geared towards helping people in third-world countries who can’t afford basic healthcare.
Shortly after announcing that it would integrate Dogecoin for payments, Ask The Doctor held an online poll asking its community which cryptocurrency they wanted next, with Floki Inu and Shiba Inu being the options. And even though Shiba Inu won, it decided to add both as payment options.
Looks like we have to add $shib as well…. Ask The Doctor , pay for healthcare services with $doge , $shib and $floki ….long live the memes! https://t.co/qJG9B5mCIj— Ask The Doctor ® (@askthedr) November 23, 2021
Ask The Doctor already accepts Bitcoin and five other cryptocurrencies as payment. At the time, the platform claimed that Bitcoin would add an extra layer of privacy for its patients and would extend its services to users who didn’t have a credit card.
Our overall goal is to democratize access to health care, and offering Bitcoin is consistent with this goal.
Taking stock of where Dogecoin stands, as it turns eight
In the world of cryptocurrency, meme-coins like Dogecoin manage to become one of the 10 biggest digital assets. Even though DOGE may not still be on the list, at the time of writing, its prospects were not looking too bright.
Happy Birthday Dogecoin
Dogecoin celebrated its birthday on 6 December as the coin completed eight years of existence. In fact, looking at its growth it surely has managed to amass a huge number of loyal followers.
It was in the timeframe of one year that DOGE actually made some remarkable gains. The rally that began at the beginning of 2021, took DOGE up by over 15,663% when the meme coin was at its peak. Although, since then it has come down by almost 75%.
Dogecoin even managed to help other meme coins like Shiba Inu rise and become a prominent asset in this space. The altcoin even rose quicker than DOGE, witnessing a 1035% rally within a month. It was soon, followed by a 54% correction, as it was trading at $0.00003603. In fact, SHIB’s growth took it farther ahead, with the latter gaining more mainstream acceptance recenlty.
Here is the catch
Now, the question is, what is the point of such gains when most investors aren’t making any actual profit? Well, as of now, of the 4.2 million addresses with balance in them, over 43% of them are suffering losses.
This, despite DOGE being one of the most socially popular coins occupying more than 5% dominance in the space. The one big issue DOGE used to have, was its development activity.
But thanks to the regular pushes by the “DOGEfather,” Elon Musk, Dogecoin has actually managed to fix that as well. In fact, today the development activity is standing strong compared to what it used to be.
Further, even on its birthday the coin only rose by a meager 3.6% with volumes hovering slightly above 100 million DOGE (ref. Dogecoin price action image).
As of 8 December, DOGE is somehow maintaining the lower trend line of the month-long downtrend wedge, as support and if it fails and flips, DOGE will be in danger. Plus, its birthday will only see more investors leave the party eventually.
Dogecoin bears leave the scene as DOGE rises towards $0.24
- Dogecoin price stabilizes near its final support structure.
- Selling pressure abates as hints of strong buying activate.
- Explosive bullish entry present on the Point and Figure chart.
Dogecoin price holds steady near the $0.18 value area, halting any further downside movement. Buyers appear to be showing up and preparing Dogecoin for a big launch higher.
Dogecoin price action perfectly positioned for a move to $0.24
Dogecoin price action has been a cause of concern for many bulls and long-term hodlers after the Saturday flash-crash. Fears of continued pressure south and a possible move below $0.10 appear to be fading. Sellers are unable or unwilling to push Dogecoin below Dogecoin’s final support zone.
The overall structure of Dogecoin price is a bearish continuation setup – a bearish pennant. At its present position, Dogecoin price is at the apex of deciding whether a bear or bull market will begin for Dogecoin.
A massively bullish entry signal is now present on the $0.002/3-box Reversal Point and Figure chart. The theoretical long trade is a buy stop at $0.186, a stop loss at $0.176, and a profit target at $0.240.
DOGE/USDT $0.002/3-box Reversal Point and Figure chart
The entry is based on a breakout from a quadruple-top bull flag formed immediately after Dogecoin converted into a bull market on the Point and Figure chart. The entry and follow-up buying is essential to deny bears any further control of Dogecoin price direction.
However, a continuation move lower is not entirely out of the cards. If Dogecoin drops to $0.172, that would cause a break of a triple-bottom and return Dogecoin to a bear market on this Point and Figure chart. It would invalidate the long entry and any near-term bullish momentum.
Google Trends Data: ‘Dogecoin’ and ‘Ethereum Price‘ Amongst Top 10 Most Searched News
As the crypto market began to pick up its bullish pace again, despite the most unexpected crash last weekend, it has become evident that virtual currencies are here to stay. However, surprisingly, in a recently published list by Google trends, it was determined that Ethereum and Dogecoin were more news worthy than the OG Bitcoin. According to Google Trends list of the most searched news across the world, ‘Dogecoin’ and ‘Ethereum Price’ secured its place amongst the top ten.
Last weekend, in the most unanticipated crypto market crash, the decentralized industry was hit with its highest liquidation recorded in past 15months, with more than $2.5 billion worth of leveraged positions getting liquidated in merely 24-hours. Furthermore, the market cap dropped by nearly 20% with the loss of over $500 billion. However, the crypto sphere is back on track after its flash sale. While eminent players like El Salvador, bought more of Bitcoin, Ethereum Price conveniently exceeded its $4k mark, while Bitcoin continues to struggle in breaking the $50k bracket.
Ethereum L2 Scaling Solutions
With Ethereum’s upcoming L2 scene heating up, the ultimate alt-coin is gaining more traction with each passing day. According to the Ethereum founder, Vitalik Buterin, the Layer 2 scaling solutions on the Ethereum network will revolutionise the crypto sphere by facilitating the safest and most sustainable way to scale Ethereum while preserving decentralization.
Earlier this October, Buterin spoke at the 2021 Shanghai International Blockchain Week, claiming that Ether’s L2 will resolve the issues of scalability. He noted that in lieu of the ongoing non-fungible tokens (NFTs) frenzy, together with the fierce growth of decentralized finance (Defi) on the Ethereum network, the mainstream blockchain has become overcrowded, causing problems like high transaction fees. However, he suggested blockchains and NFTs to transfer to L2 to counter scalability and high gas fees issues.
Both, Dogecoin and AMC Stock in Top 10
While Ethereum may be the ultimate alt-coin, Dogecoin is the original meme token. Apart from being Tesla CEO, Elon Musk’s favourite, DOGE has established itself in the decentralised industry and found a spot above several Alt-coins will complex technology.
Along with “Ethereum Price” and “Dogecoin”, “AMC Stock” has also reserved its place in the top 10 most searched news list. AMC, being the largest movie theatre chain in the United States, does not shy away from incorporating meme tokens to its business. Recently, AMC announced to accept payments in both, Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, making history for commercial giants in crypto.