Skip to comments.Obamacare Will Also Cost You More On Veterinarian Visits
Posted on 04/04/2014 3:18:53 PM PDT by Daffynition
By now, we all know that the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. Health care and insurance premiums have skyrocketed and we are all facing $2,000-$4,000 in tax increases. The number of uninsured Americans is also climbing while the number of doctors practicing medicine is declining.
But did you know that the Affordable Car Act aka Obamacare will also cost you more when you take your pets to the vet?
According to the Heritage Foundation, a newly released IRS rule states that a 2.3% device tax will be levied on most medical devices before they leave the manufacturer. The rule states: [snip]
A family, who is down and out....wrote that they can barely afford to keep their pet dog....and were thinking about bringing it to a shelter after the shock of the extra tax on their vet bill.
What next, Hussein?
The time may come when a necessary script be written, or worse.
The premiums on my dogs’ health insurance just went up.
Obama hates dogs.
I was made aware of an inner city teacher who made it through her grueling day by taking *doggie-downer* pills.
“I’ve been suggesting for at least a couple(?) of years that peeps should remain on VERY good relations with their local vet.”
My vet bill more than doubled every year. When she suggested I get pet insurance I stopped taking my cat in for her regular shots and teeth cleaning. The out-of-pocket is what I’d paid before in cash. I don’t recall the total yearly bill now. I just hope she stays safe.
I’ve had cats last 20 years who have never seen a vet. When they pulled the insurance scam they lost me. (Incidentally, she went from driving an old Ford truck to a BMW. The vet, not the cat.)
I dumped the pet health care....couldn’t afford it....and so *little* was actually covered for each visut....not a particularly cost-effective insurance.
Just wait ‘til we have a catastrophic emergency...I’ll be eating these words. ;(
I just had my little pooch groomed at PetSmart and the price went up about $8 on the Top Dog fee.
My Trupanion covers 90% of everything except routine stuff like shots.
When Odin racked up $700 worth of cardio tests in one hour [he’s fine] we’d have been SOL without it.
We got $630 of it back within a week.
I really can’t afford it either but I’ll go without so they still have it.
[And now to wait for those who will call me crazy to chime in]
My vet just fills out the necessary insurance papers and I file them.
He doesn’t charge me a penny more because I pay up front and then get reimbursed.
Muslims consider dogs unclean.
And visa versa.
Yes, that is true. Some medicine that we had given to one of our cats jumped 10 fold in less than two months.
My Dobes go crazy when they see them so it must be a mutual feeling....:)
My Chaucer who's not little goes in several times a year. He loves being pampered. It costs about twice as much as I pay for a haircut for me.
I might rethink that doggie-spa expense.
“Ive had cats last 20 years who have never seen a vet.”
Oregon has solved this problem. They have now MANDATED that your pet see the vet for an annual exam. If you bring your pet in for an emergency, but did not have it in for it’s annual, they are technically not allowed to treat it.
Of course, vets are not the !@#$% that politicians are. They will give the animal the necessary exam & then treat it. Our legislature also tried this with large animals. But people heard about it before it could be passed & set up such a ruckus they backed down. I wish us small pet owners had been aware.
A lot of what’s good for horses Is also good for people. Just sayin’
Many vets have to know multiple biological systems and adding one more would not seem to be that big of a leap.
I tell “fido” that we’re going to the Dogtor.
If it's really cold, I only let them go in for a few seconds at a spot (swiftly running water that stays open all year) very close to the warmth of the car for the short ride home.
“They have now MANDATED that your pet see the vet for an annual exam.”
I believe we have something like that. I had a long sheet from the vet telling me the requirements but I’ve lost it. The exam jumped by 50% per year. The teeth cleaning went from $50 to $350 and they wouldn’t do it without all the shots and tests which ran a few hundred more. That’s why she’s gone commando. I keep her in at night now for added safety. Boy does that annoy her.
vets and feed stores rock
Wow, bet that will do wonders for the shelter population in Oregon!
Actually, they start by teaching us human anatomy because it is easier to relate, and then highlight the differences -— no collar bone in a dog, no gall bladder in a horse, an extra bone in a cow’s heart, etc.
My brother is my veterinarian and he would never write a prescription for me.
The ACA/0bamaCare could change that in the near future.
You had better keep on good terms with your vet ... especially when you find out he/she is the only “Doctor” that will take your “CommieCare” insurance (Medicaid/Medicare/Tricare clients take special notice”.
Many of our drugs have skyrocketed in price. We are not talking a moderate increase, we are talking astronomical. One antibiotic that cost $.04/pill is costing us now $6 to $10.00/pill. Many of our drugs have been just dropped due to production costs. Our practice insurance is the same as physicians for liability and malpractice and is going up logarithmically. Much of our equipment is same as the human side and its going up accordingly. To stay profitable we have to increase our prices and charge accordingly for those things that we can offer our patients. I’ve been in veterinary medicine since 1974 and its economically as bad as I’ve ever seen.
I have often wished for my vet to become my pcp. They are so darn smart, treating patients that can’t tell them what is wrong.
Sadly, I’ve never been able to find one, lol.
That being said, veterinary costs are sky rocketing!!!
I don’t doubt what you say at all regarding the escalation in operating costs and increase in supplies.
Do you think that is caused, in part, by people willing to spend more on their pets? I, myself, probably spent less on veterinary care in “the old days”. I pretty well self-doctored them and only took them to the vet for emergencies and annual shots. Heck...back then I could get the vaccines at the feed store and do that myself!
I got more than one dog who’s on medicine, I found this out last year.
Raise my taxes, but mess with my Dog, it might get ugly.
Oh great-just what everyone needs-higher vet bills on top of everything else.
Do you think that is caused, in part, by people willing to spend more on their pets?
I share the same perceptions. I realize the rising price of medicines, but the labor costs have skyrocketed as well. I think something changed when dogs changed from farm animals to family members. In the old days, if an animal got sick, you put it down and got another. It is harder to put down something you love, and the vets know it.