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Understanding the Cost of Veterinary Healthcare

September 11, 2013

How are fees determined?
Fees for veterinary healthcare are a reflection of many factors including the complexity of the case and treatment options, the operational cost of maintaining hospital-like facilities with high-tech medical equipment and support personnel to provide the elevated level of service and care that pet owners expect and deserve.  
Why do the fees appear to be high?
Veterinarians are using the same technology that is being used in human healthcare because pet owners are demanding sophisticated service and care for their pets. Pet owners have access to emergency healthcare services, veterinary specialists, diagnostic imaging, x-ray, MRI, laboratory services, surgery, pain management and boarding services. Management and treatment of complex health issues like diabetes, thyroid disorders, hip dysplasia, oncology, arthritis, and dermatological issues are enabling animals to live longer. The cost of providing these same services in human healthcare may not be as obvious, as they are covered by our universal healthcare program where the patient simply provides a plastic health card to pay for medical services. 
You have options
Your veterinarian can work with you to ensure your pet stays healthy, while also making it easier for you to afford your pet’s healthcare services. Talk with your veterinarian to find out what payment options are available for you.