The cost of veterinary care – putting it in perspective


A response to public comments about “exorbitant vet bills”

A resource has been developed for AVA members to utilise for communicating a balanced insight and provide perspective around the cost of veterinary care.

Veterinary care is highly sophisticated and almost everything that can be done for humans can be done for animals. However, the major difference is that unlike human health care, veterinary care is not subsidised or supported by the government through Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) or the public hospital system.

There is a disconnect between the community’s understanding of the true cost of delivering human health care and its perceived cost, and this gives the perception that veterinary care is expensive by comparison.

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A helpful article is also available at VetVoice: Frequently asked questions about the cost of veterinary health care