Vets like this should not be vets!!!
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7/7/05 at 12:08pm
Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
I am NOT siding with the vet, however, the man did sign the agreement. Did he really read the agreement? I guessing not, when you are worried over your pet you tend not to. However, the article seemed to say that they verbally told him the payment was expected. It was then the owner's responsibility, to say "ya know, I can't pay you all at once, can we make a payment plan?"
Most vets are good-hearted people but they have a business to run, and they have to pay their employees. What should the vet say to his employees if he can't make the payroll. What would you say to your boss on payday if he said, "Sorry Mary, I can't pay you this week." I doubt you would tell your boss, "Have a nice day!"
Gone are the James Herriot days (All Creatures Great and Small) where you could pay your vet with a case of pickled peaches, they have very expensive medical equipment, surgical supplies, lab equipment, and a payroll and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
A lot of people default on payments and an outside finance plan requires good credit to begin with.
I think this vet could have thought of something besides holding this cat for ransom, but it sounds as if he has been burned more than once.
Originally Posted by GratefulBear629
I have to agree with Mom of Franz and Dr. Doolittle -- I know everyone here has their heart in the right place but you wouldn't imagine the amount of people who promise to pay a bill but never do. For instance, a woman tried to come in the other day. She currently owes us about $300. She just purchased another dog for $400 and wanted to bring it in. So she hasn't been able to pay off her previous bill but went and bought another animal which she wanted to bring in and have more money added to her bill.
I think right now there is atleast $30,000 in unpaid bills. That could be a much needed raise for all of us employees or new diagnostic equipment to take better care of the pet of the people who do actually pay.
Originally Posted by Roxy_loves_CJ
Vets have to keep really detailed medical records. So why could they not put a little line on it that says customer can make payments, or this person must pay in full! that way the vet knows and customers in long term good standing dont have to worry about coming up with the money right away. We have been going to our vet for almost 10 years and if she started this policy I think we would be offended, although I think for the most part we did pay in full, except when I brought my parents cat in for them when I was 16. Then she just sent a bill the my parents.