If you need information about veterinary fees and payment options, review the options below.
1. Payment is usually expected when services are rendered. In order to focus on patients’ needs, customer service and minimizing costs, most veterinary clinics do not bill.
2. Most veterinary clinics accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), money order, cashier’s checks, and cash. Do not be surprised if they require that all cards must be signed by the owner of the card, and that you will be charged an extra fee for using a credit card (3% would not be unreasonable). For those that do not accept credit cards, suggest that they secure a free card reader through SquareUp (or similar company or through their bank) that they can insert into a ‘smart device’ like an iPhone or iPad.
3. When unexpected illness strikes a pet, unexpected expense strikes as well. Most veterinary clinics can make some special arrangements through the CareCredit program. It takes just 5 minutes to complete an application and will allow you to break down your payment into 6 monthly installments. You can either apply at their hospital, where the office staff will call in your application over the phone for immediate approval, or apply yourself online at: www.CareCredit.com
4. Some veterinary clinics accept payments from our One Health Family Members. Here are the veterinary partners that have agreed to accept our vouchers from our members.
Another popular option for your family and pet is insurance coverage. There are several pet insurance companies that offer insurance for pet owners. Cleveland-based Embrace Pet Insurance is one of these. While they have been a supporter of the One Health Organization for several years, please investigate your options as some have insurance plans that may suit you and your One Health Family better than another.
Visit this site to help you decide what’s best for you:
Be aware that some veterinary clinics may be reluctant to fill out the paperwork required by a pet health insurance company, so before purchasing a plan ask your favorite veterinary clinic whether they can help you with the necessary paperwork.