Insurance News Today - January 20, 2007
Pet Insurance?? What the...
Your pets are a very important part of your life. You care for them as much as you do your own children, especially when they get sick. However, keeping your pet healthy can be just as expensive as keeping yourself in optimal heath. It's unfortunate but your pet can come down with some serious ailments and health issues. These diseases and conditions are often curable, but because of the high cost of the procedure and/or medication, keeping your pet healthy and disease free can often break the bank. That's why if you care for your pet and want to do all you can to keep him or her healthy, you should think about getting pet medical insurance.
What is Pet Medical Insurance?
Pet insurance works the same way standard medical insurance does. You pay a pet medical insurance group a monthly fee and you get set coverage based on your level of participation. Different pet insurance policies cover different percentages of your bills, have different co-pays, deductibles, stipulations, and have different networks of veterinarians. Basically just think of how your own medical insurance works. Now apply it to your pet. Expert Jim Waltman said, "Pre-existing conditions and the age of your pet will come into play for coverage, so keep that in mind when looking for a pet medical insurance policy."
Should You Get Pet Medical Insurance for Your Pet?
Some people love their pet so much that they'll do anything for them; this includes spending thousands on surgeries, procedures, and pet medications. If you're this kind of person, pet health insurance is a must. However, there are those, unfortunately, who don't see spending thousands of dollars on a pet just to make sure they live as long as possible (and with advances in pet medicine, it is possible to cure your pet of once incurable diseases and conditions). The fact of the matter is a good number of pet owners are like this. If you're this type of person, pet insurance actually might still be a good option for you. It will help you save on possible medical expenses and help you avoid having to euthanize your pet just because you can't afford the costly procedure to possibly cure your pet.
Who Provides Pet Medical Insurance?
There are actually a good number of pet insurance providers out there. On of the oldest provider is Veterinary Pet Insurance but other providers include: PetCare Pet Insurance, Petplan Veterinary Pet Insurance, Pet Assure, Union Plus, and ShelterCare Pet Insurance. Each one offers a number of different policies. Depending on your pet and your financial situation, one pet health insurance provider might be a better deal than another. So do some research and find out which one will fit you and your pet best.
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