How to get a veterinary bill to your vet online in less than a day
An estimated 1.2 million patients in the United States are unable to get treatment for their pets due to financial or health problems, a report from the American Veterinary Medical Association said.
The findings came as Congress considers a bill that would require pet owners to get veterinary bills from their veterinarians within 14 days, according to the Associated Press.
The measure is expected to pass in the Senate on Thursday.
The AP reported that the association estimates about 1.4 million people in the U.S. have been unable to access treatment due to health problems.
The report also said that some vets are receiving less than they need to treat pets.
The bill would allow owners to schedule appointments for a veterinary technician to collect their pet’s veterinary bills, which would then be sent to the state where the pet resides.
In some states, a veterinarian would then contact the pet’s health care provider to request a waiver from the state’s veterinary services agency, the AP said.
Pet owners can also schedule appointments online with a veterinarian to request that the bill be sent via email or fax to the address on the pet owner’s current medical record, the report said.
While the AP report didn’t detail the costs for pet owners who don’t receive their vet bills, the group’s president, Dr. David Ewing, said the bill would help prevent some people from paying their pets’ medical bills.
“If the patient wants to get their vet bill, and they’re unable to, they can still have that conversation with their veterinarian and they can ask for a waiver,” he said.
“There are lots of people out there who are having a difficult time getting that help, and this is one way we can help.”
The bill was introduced in February by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who has long championed the idea of requiring vets to collect pets’ veterinary bills.
The Senate is expected in March to vote on the measure.
The legislation has also gained attention from the White House.
In March, President Donald Trump tweeted about a pet owner who was denied treatment after she went without treatment for a week due to a health problem.
@POTUS wants vets to do this,” he wrote.
“What a great idea.
Will help vets get back on their feet.”