What You Need To Know About Pet Health Care Insurance
What You Need to Know About Pet Health Care Insurance
Before you purchase a pet health care insurance plan for your pet,
check the list of the companies approved veterinarians to see if your
veterinarian will accept the companies check.
Ask your local veterinarian what type of pet health care insurance plan
would best suit your family pet. Ask your local veterinarian to read
over the plan and listen to their advice. Talking to your local
veterinarian will also help you establish if the insurance company you
are considering purchasing your pet health care insurance plan from is
If you have purchased a pet that is as of yet unaltered you'll want to
look for a pet health care plan that includes neutering and spaying.
Before you pay for a pet health care insurance plan you need to
carefully read how the policy handles prescription coverage. Most
companies that sell pet health care insurance do not include
prescription coverage in their basic medical health care insurance
plan. If you are concerned about the cost of any prescription your pet
might need during the course of its life you should probably consider
buying a prescription coverage rider to complement your pet health care
insurance. Although this rider may appear expensive and unnecessary
you'll probably wish you had purchased it if your pet is ever given a
prescription for anything. Just like the human counterparts
prescriptions are very expensive.
One of things you need to take into consideration when purchasing a pet
health care insurance plan is the deductible. The deductible is the
amount of money you pay out-of-pocket for veterinarian services
rendered that your pet health care insurance plan does not cover.
Different pet health care plans require different deductibles. The
higher a the deductible you choose the lower your monthly payments to
the insurance company but the higher deductible the more out-of-pocket
extension had each time you visit the veterinarian's office/clinic.
Most pet insurance companies have "cap" or limit placed on each pet
health care insurance plan. This cap varies from one procedure to the
next a broken leg will probably have a different cap then cancer
treatments will for your pet. Before you purchase your pet health care
insurance plan talk to the company representative about waiting
periods. Find out exactly how long it'll take over the policy to be
effective and how long the general wait for claims to be reimbursed is.
Most companies have a ten day period between the time they receive the
vet bill and when the check gets placed in the mail. Also find out how
the refund is processed. Does the pet health care insurance company pay
the veterinarian directly or do you have to pay the vet and the company
mails the check to you when they receive the bill.
Why you have the company representative on the phone task about any and
all exclusions that might be included with your pet health care
insurance plan. Specifically ask about any and all pre-existing
conditions and hereditary defects that might come up later in your
pet's life. Many pet owners especially, those that have dogs, discover
that hereditary defects come into their particular dogs are not covered
by their pet health care insurance plan. Some companies will allow you
to cover these potential problems with an additional rider. In some
cases your local veterinarian will be able to warn you about any
If you are considering a comprehensive health care insurance plan ask
if the plan covers teen veterinarian visits such as; dental care,
immunizations, and heartworm testing. Also ask if the pet health care
insurance plan also covers the office call.