We can hardly watch the news without getting an alarming report on rising health care costs. This does not just affect people’s health care. Taking care of a cat or dog’s health is also expensive. Medicine, routine checkups, and prescription medications for pets come with a price that many pet owners did not anticipate.
Because of the high cost, or even a fear of high costs, many pet owners are skipping checkups or turning down essential pet medical services. When it is hard to provide for the human family member’s medical care and other essential needs, it is hard to justify spending a lot of money on a pet. But pets are part of the family, and nobody wants to see their beloved cat or dog suffer from health problems, especially when they could have been relieved or prevented with routine vet care.
Pet Health Insurance controls the costs of Veterinary Services.
- Vets like it because they know that pet owners who carry it will be more likely to accept their services, and even more likely to keep regularly scheduled office visits. In fact, you will often see brochures for pet health insurance inside of a vet’s office these days.
- Consumers like it because they can pay an affordable fee, and then control their costs for services. In fact, you can even customize a plan to fit your monthly budget. You can pick and choose, for instance, options that cover prescriptions and dental, or you can skip those services if you would like a lower monthly payment.
How do you get pet health Insurance?
It is very easy to buy dog or cat health plans. Many plans can be customized, priced, and then applied for online. You can print off membership materials or get them in the mail. It is a very convenient, and hassle free process. Websites will also include details about various plans, and they will also have contact numbers so you can call for more information on specific questions.
How do you use pet health insurance?
Using your plan is not complicated either. You should get some claim forms in your membership packets. You can always request more. These days, many companies allow you to print claim forms right from your computer. What could be more convenient?
When you need to make a claim, you simply fill in the form and send it to your insurer. They will reimburse you for services that are covered under your policy. Some vet offices may assist you will this process. The advantage to filing your own claims, though, is that you can use any vet. In fact, many US pet health insurance companies will cover vets in Canada and Mexico too, so that should be a comfort if you travel with your dog or cat!
What Does It Cover?
The exact types of medical services your plan will cover should be outlined in your policy paperwork. As we wrote before, you can usually choose benefits levels that will include various medical procedures performed at the vet’s office or an animal hospital. Then you may choose to cover your pet’s dental health, prescriptions, etc. Specialist services that your pet needs, away from his or her normal vet, should also be covered.
If you are worried about the high cost of pet medical bills, you should consider a health care plan for them.