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woodbine
woodbine Community member Posts: 12,112 Disability Gamechanger
As an investigation into fees charged by vets begins by the competition and markets authority do you find vets bills extortionate ?
We recently paid £86 for two simple injections when our puppy had a bad re-action to something, we do have insurance but the excess is £100 💰

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  • michael57
    michael57 Community member Posts: 350 Pioneering
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    vets have found the money is to be made in small animals and they like most companies feel the need to exploit and over charge for there service its the world we live in i am afraid tell them you have pet insurance and the price doubles 
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,610 Disability Gamechanger
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    My local vet has an annual plan that covers much of their regular care, it avoids us having to make claims that might make our premium go up but we still have pet insurance incase of the need of operations etc.

    I cannot say if the vets are overcharging but I know a lot of industries are struggling with inflation. The only companies that I personally begrudge for price rises are the large corporations who were already swimming in profits.
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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you compare vet bills to the cost of similar treatments for a human under private healthcare, it's actually quite similar.

    I do think vets milk the fact that people love their pets and would go out of their way to pay for treatment for them, though. They often push treatments that are unnecessary and that with a human you wouldn't consider going to a doctor about.

    Example our dog had a cut in his foot. Trip to vets, needs X-rays, sedating, injections and bandages. £300 all in. Next time he cut his foot we just bandaged it ourself and put him on gentle walks, it got better in the same amount of time.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,610 Disability Gamechanger
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    I will say one thing that makes veterinary more complex than human healthcare is the lack of complex feedback from the patient. Most humans can describe and explain issues, how they are feeling and how they think things have changed during treatments etc.

    Animals can't do that, the most you can get out of them is if they are happy, sad, angry or in pain. I do think this really adds to the complexity in many cases.

    Of course, if it's just 2 shots then that doesn't apply. But I think for many things it does need to be considered.

    Also, while not a good comparison you would be surprised how much a thing would cost in the United States for a human foot @66Mustang. Though the pricing in their system is all inflated by insurance companies etc.
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  • MW123
    MW123 Scope Member Posts: 628 Pioneering
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    The RVCS lacks specific authority to regulate veterinarians' fee levels. I hope this investigation can lead to changes in that regard. Last summer I was charged £620.00 for steroid medication and a skin sample analysis in the attempt to resolve my dog's itching problem. However, despite the significant cost, the issue remained unresolved. Frustrated with the lack of progress, I decided to seek advice from my local pet shop. To my surprise, they suggested trying allergy tablets. Within just twenty-four hours of using them, my dog showed remarkable improvement, and the expense was a few pounds. 

    My monthly insurance premium for my small Jack Russell terrier is £92.00, and my annual excess is £60.00, which I pay only once a year regardless of the number of claims. A decade ago, when I initially obtained the policy, the monthly premium was £18.00. Now that my dog is over nine years old (a common age threshold in dog insurance), I'm also required to contribute 20% towards any claims due to her classification as a senior dog. 

    Additionally, I've noticed the cost of pet food and treats has significantly increased with inflation. This trend contributes to the pet industry's status as a multi-billion pound industry, as they are well aware of the extent to which we are willing to invest in our cherished companions.

  • Ralph
    Ralph Community member Posts: 111 Pioneering
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    Cataract surgery for our dog was £2000 per eye 3 years ago, a lot more now. Luckily we had insurance which paid out.
  • Ralph
    Ralph Community member Posts: 111 Pioneering
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    The PDSA runs an excellent service. 
  • Barbss
    Barbss Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    I agree about the PDSA service I've had to use it in the past and the care and compassion when my cat had fast growing cancer and had to be put to sleep was just as good as if I were at a regular vets.
  • MW123
    MW123 Scope Member Posts: 628 Pioneering
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    Hello Barbss

    My friend's mother receives fantastic care for her little dog from the PDSA. Regrettably, I don't fit the eligibility requirements to access their services, if I did I would certainly choose the PDSA for my dog's care.

  • sarahbadr
    sarahbadr Scope Member Posts: 9 Connected
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    We're with Many Pets and they have paid out for everything we have claimed for (one of our cats has been diagnosed with a lifelong condition relating to crystals in his bladder and the treatment would have been quite costly without insurance), however, they can be quite slow in getting the money over to the vets and apparently this is a common issue.
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,112 Disability Gamechanger
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    Ralph said:
    Cataract surgery for our dog was £2000 per eye 3 years ago, a lot more now. Luckily we had insurance which paid out.
    I had both mine done on the NHS at a private hospital the cost had I been paying would have been £2500 per eye.

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  • Lottie1732
    Lottie1732 Community member Posts: 125 Pioneering
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    I always ask my vet for a prescription and buy the drugs my dog needs online (I use Pet Drugs Online). You just put the items in the basket and upload the prescription(s). So, this week I spent £140 online whereas if I'd purchased at the vets it would have been nearly £300 just for the drugs.   You do have to pay a fee for the prescription, which, at my vets is currently £16 or so per item.  It's still a big saving.  I still had a vet bill of about £130 and that was mostly annual bits and pieces. 
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,651 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes @Lottie1732 that's what we do with our three dogs.  We have all our pets on a healthy pet club plan too, so things are a load easier to manage now, especially not having to worry about paying for worming and flea treatments. 
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