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        09-10-2011, 01:11 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I prefer to pay my Vet bills upfront, I'm horrid about remembering to pay them after as the bill arrives, I get interrupted before the check is written and it floats off somewheres, never to be found again. Unfortunately, my vet likes to bill me.... speaking of which, there's a bill floating around here somewhere for blood tests and fecal I just had done, need to go find and pay it.
         
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        09-10-2011, 01:14 AM
      #12
    Super Moderator
    If I remember right Beauty had to be paid in full before she could go home... it was a 2500 deposit and then the balance was due when we picked her up 10 days later... I think that was like $4k....
         
        09-10-2011, 01:26 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Everyone replying please bare in mind that the OP is in the UK. Here there are far stricter laws about what drugs a vet can give and what an owner can give. Infact the vast majority of drugs have to be administered by a vet.

    To the OP. I had a similar bill for similar work and yes I had to take the horse in to them. My vet in north wales sticks it on the bill and we pay it as we can.
    His work also had to be done at a vet hospital, my vet said If they intend to draw blood in the mouth (which pulling a tooth will do) then legaly it has to be done at the vet practice, It is also generaly done under extreme sedation (pride couldnt even hold his own head up properly, had to get a stand to restit on).
    Reeco had an accident recently and required stitching up. That had to be paid upfront (different vet as pony was in hull) as it was less then my insurance excess. However they did say that had the bill been over the excess, I could prove I had insurance and I wasnt with E&L (i'm with Petplan) then they would have accepted the payment to the value of my excess and claimed the rest directly from the insurance company.
         
        09-11-2011, 12:02 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Sounds like the UK does have quite a different set of rules. Here in the US we can pretty much have anything done at the barn that needs to be done barring major surgery. Heck, no rules against major surgery that I know of, the limiting factor is what your vet is willing to haul to your barn for equipment.

    Most the large animal vets in my area don't require full payment up front for work. They prefer to be paid on the spot but will bill and/or work out a payment plan with you. If they don't, it's likely because you've not been a timely payer in the past, they don't forget who pays and who doesn't. Small animal vets typically ask to be paid before taking your animal home.
         
        09-11-2011, 10:02 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Our vet always bills us, and we pay it all or make three payments. This spring though he came out and did the spring shots and coggins, made up the bill and said we could pay later. Well about two weeks later we hadn't received our coggins so I called to see if they could fax (we were going camping) and the new doctor answered the phone. She said she couldn't fax it because we haven't paid the bill. I said it was two weeks ago and Julia said we could pay later. She said sorry (and was very nice) but was told they couldn't do it. Said that it's been harder and harder to get people to pay. She said she would call them and ask (they were out of the office.) She called back later and said that it was fine to fax to me and she would get them originals in the mail that afternoon.

    I had never felt like such a deadbeat though and sent the check that day. And also I've been one when I have extra money I send it to them to put a credit on our account!! I would rather do that when I have money than need it and not have the money at that time. I will always use it.
         

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