Originally Posted by Yosemite
I don't believe for one minute that there is anyone out there that would accept not being paid for their work if their boss said they didn't have the money to pay them that week. So, why should vets work for people who can't pay them. Probably most of the younger/newer vets are still paying off student loans as well as clinic rental/staff salaries/clinic utilities/insurance/etc. plus their own personal living expenses such as apartment/home, food, clothing, transportation, etc.
I for one would be embarrassed to expect these professionals to give me free care.
That's it exactly. When you go to any place of business, you become the employer so to speak, and the business is the employee. Employers pay their employees for the work they do, plain and simple.
As for the student loan debt, it is 100% true for Americans. These days a large percentage of vets graduate with student loan debts well over $100,000. Four years of undergrad plus four years of vet school can easily cost $200,000 and that is just
for tuition - not even counting all the other expenses related to school!
What that means is that you can assume that your vet paid $100,000 or more just for the privilege of being a vet in the first place. Who among us would pay that kind of money only to give away what we've just paid that much for?
The difference in pricing between CA and the US may be in part due to the difference in the value of the Canadian $ vs the US $. A bill of $200 CA would be approximately equal to a bill of $140 US.
Overall, I do have to say that the people who complain about pricing and bargain hunt when they truly could afford to pay the standard price are the ones who make it difficult for those who truly cannot afford needed services. I would be willing to say that very few vets would not be willing to offer steeply discounted services when they are truly required, except that I can say from experience that vets become very accustomed to getting burned by clients who live in the ritziest part of town and drive BMW's and complain about how the vet's prices are too expensive.