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CreditCare - to help with the big vet bills

March 21st, 2006, 02:07 AM
Sometimes accidents and illnesses can crop up in pets at the worst possible financial times, leaving some owners having to choose euthanasia because they simply don't have the money at the time to pay for emergency surgery or treatment. If your lucky your vet may be able to work out payment terms but some don't and also quite a few veterinary specialist will not accept payments. There is a special credit card available that is meant to help with special medical costs, it can provide for upto 12 months interest free payments and maybe worth having hanging around just in case of an emergency. I have no association with the company, just wanted others to be aware as it could prove to be a lifesaver.

CareCredit is a 16-year-old unit of GE Consumer Finance and is the leading patient financing programme in North America. We offer 3, 6, & 12 Month No Interest Payment Plans, designed especially for your healthcare expenses, that give you an additional payment option to cash, cheques, debit cards, and other payment choices

Your new CareCredit card, which can be used to pay for healthcare expenses at dental, vision, and veterinary practices

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For those in the US

March 21st, 2006, 03:22 AM
We used this when Joey was ill. Unfortunately his illness reached a point where the vets could no longer help him, but we were comforted to know that his death was not because we had to refuse him any tests or treatments.

March 21st, 2006, 08:34 AM
Really!!?? I have a CareCredit card for MY dental. I can actually use it at my vet's office for Bubba? I'll have to read those links.. :thumbs up

Edit.. I read the links.. I'll have to phone my vet and see if they accept it or not. I hope so. I have a female cat that needs to be spayed. She's going into heat every week.. blech.. lol I had NO idea the CareCredit could be used for vet visits.. thank you OntarioGreys for posting the info.

March 21st, 2006, 09:36 AM
None of the vets in my area accept CareCredit.. so I'm SOL it seems.

March 21st, 2006, 12:59 PM
I have had great success with Pet insurance, the vets are very leniant when they see what kind of coverage your pets have. Something else to look into.

March 21st, 2006, 01:17 PM
None of the vets in my area accept CareCredit.. so I'm SOL it seems.

Have you tried contacting Credit Care
If you would like to take advantage of the CareCredit programme but your healthcare professional doesn’t offer it yet, please contact our Support Specialists at 800-206-7376 for assistance.

March 21st, 2006, 02:57 PM
Laci has Hydrocephalus and goes to the Neurologist every 4 mths for a MRI. They accept Credit Care and it sure is a lifesaver.

March 22nd, 2006, 12:18 AM
The dentists I carpool with says there are much better options for children (dental care is covered for children and sometimes later - if someone has a specific circumstance and one obtains a Ministerial intervention) under Medicare in most of the provinces I am familiar with. Not sure about Ontario tho. I think Quebec covers it for children as well.

I was surprsied to discover Albta with all its wealth requires its residents to pay a health care premium - you would think they could have gotten rid of that rather than send out checks to everyone. The NS govt tried sending out money and everyone laughed at them. (IT came to $315 or something like that - not enough to write home about) and most pppl felt the money would shave been better spent on health care. One woman wrote a letter to the local paper saying how she gad developned some complex way to invest her money to donaye to her political party - which is not the govt currently in power (It was the NDP actually she supported) and that seemed like not a bad idea if one was so inclined. Most docs donated theirs to the hospital which made more sense to me - you actually knew where your money would go. I thought of they did have $$$ to send out, it should have been based on need.