Post by Ace Post by Catman
Praise be to insurance companies, but not happy with SWMBO who ignored
the 20% excess on the policy :(
No no no no! It's only the fucking insurance companies that have
allowed such a rampant rip-off to happen. There's no fucking way the
treatment described should come anywhere close. I'd say it't a whole
order of magnitude too high.
With our old moggies kicking the bucket and us getting two new models
we keep getting asked "do you have insurance" every time we book them
in for stuff like jabs and the like. And then when I reply that we
don't I get the 'this bloke is an axe-murderer' treatment..
It's in the vets interest to get their clients to take insurance - when
we registered the kittens with them they included in the kitten-pack a
pre-printed form with all the details already filled in. All we needed
to add were our bank details and our signature. The receptionist got
quite huffy when I tore it up and stuck it in my jacket pocket for
I did explain my reasons - I think that insurance leads to a) treatment
that isn't necessary in order to inflate the bill and b) overpriced
procedures. We saw this with one of our dogs - she has some cataracts
in one of her eyes and the vet was going on about a new treatment that
using infrasonics to destroy the lens followed by injection of some
compound to replace it. Total cost? About GPB1000 *per eye* - 'but your
insurance will pay for it'.
Considering the fact that (on a human) an old-style cataract op cost
about GBP 50 I considered that fairly extortionate. Under pressure she
did admit that they would use the old method 'if we really wanted it'
and that it would be about 70-80 quid..
We sat down when our old cats died and worked out the costs
and (even with the large bill that one of them incurred in the last
week of her life) if we had insured her it would have cost us about 4
times more than we would have claimed back over her lifetime.
Phil Launchbury, IT PHB
'I'm training the bats that live in my cube
to juggle mushrooms'