Just got my oldest dog back from the vet.
Bilateral ear infections(really bad too), and a form of bacterial bronchitis.
$50 Dollar initial visit, knocked down to $38 because the vet was busy and had to have the techs do the ear flush.
$26 Dollar ear flush
$24 Dollar 500mg amoxicillian 20 count pills.
$51.78 for mometamax (antibiotic ear drops),
Contrast that with humans without health insurance.
The cheapest urgent care I found when I had an ear infection was $99 procedures not included.
The last time I had a similar dose of amoxicillian I had insurance and copay was $5, but they listed the price without Rx coverage on the receipt as
I don't know about mometamax but I'm guessing the price for that would be higher.
For the ear flush, I know Kaiser will do that for a $20-$30 dollar copay(asked someone who works at a Kaiser).
Copay means that part of it is being covered by the insurance to begin with, so it must cost more.
I remember as a kid Vets cost more, but the price was dropping slowly.
Now it seems rock bottom compared to health insurance or even treatments without health insurance.
The only thing I can think of for the Vet being cheaper is the free market is allowed to work.
If people don't like the price or service they shop elsewhere.
You can't do that with health insurance or non insurance care as all the prices are pretty much the same.
You can't even buy cheaper insurance across state lines because of commerce regulations.
The only thing I can think of is to let the free market adjust the price of of our health costs, but there seem to be so many regulations in the way
My prices and experience may vary, as I am only going on what I have personally seen with and without insurance.
It could be that there is a cheaper way to get health care, but not from what I have seen.
If this is the wrong board sorry.
I've never started a health related thread and it's semi political.
Don't really know what category it goes under.
I try and stick to the paranormal and grey area boards mostly.
edit on 26-4-2012 by Pigraphia because: (no reason given)