You've never been told what a farm call fee was just to arrive?
In all your years with OSU, hopefully not for emergent care...but if it was, the referring vet didn't give you a "ballpark" cost before making the initial referral to them?
You went to a place like that with no idea of costs possibly faced? Wow, just wow!
I guess maybe I did ask or alluded to wanting to know $$. I truly don't remember...
I knew what my local vet charges to come and he tells me $ before
he does anything...
Although I have never said "No" to a needed anything, I do want to know beforehand.
Then I have to figure out how to pay for those extra expenses we all face at some critical point in time.
I know when our dog needed emergent care, I had a baseline number to approve before they would continue.
Each time new information was found, pricing was updated....
I did not ask, it was provided.
HLG, I think part of it may be a difference in how things are done out here. I was never 'referred' to OSU, I just started using them for everything since one of the reasons I moved where I did was to be close. In all my 15 years, I may have had 5 actual ranch calls, 97% of the time, I haul in. I don't have a ranch call unless it's a true emergency, and usually not one of my horses. When the vet gets here and has had a look, I ask for an estimate for either me or to give the horse owner (my horse owner's are out of state) and then I call with the info that the horse had an emergency, the vet is here, this is the problem, prognosis is XXXX, initial treatment is XXXX, continuing treatment will be XXXX ballpark if needed. When I take a boarder in, I get an authorization to have the vet out and spend up to XXX before notifying the owner, if vet care is needed. For my own, I've been doing business with them so long that I either pay right then or ask them to send the charges through the Bursar who sets up payments. If it's one of mine, I also let the vet know that we're pulling out all the stops for this one or go this far for this one or euthanize.
I prefer to haul in, it saves time and IMO, money in the long run because once I'm at the school, we have access to all the labs, surgery, recovery, isolation, Xrays, Cat Scans, MRI's, whatever we need.