A recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association uncovered some interesting statistics:
- 62 percent of U.S. families own a pet
- $13 billion is spent each year on veterinary care
- Under two percent of pet owners carry health insurance coverage for their animals
A few facts about pet insurance …
- It's more like car insurance than human health insurance – it's a fee-for-service model designed to help with unexpected healthcare bills, not routine costs like annual check-ups. Some companies do offer preventive care for an additional monthly cost.
- No pet health insurer covers pre-existing conditions, but many cover up to 90 percent of eligible costs after client co-pay.
- All plans require a deductible, pay a percentage of the total cost, and have annual reimbursement limits.
- An average plan for a young pet (under six years) runs $30 to $40 per month for dogs, 25 percent less for cats. Preventive add-on policies, when available, cost another $15 to $20 a month.
- Coverage is by reimbursement to the pet owner only, so clients must incur the expense themselves and then submit claims to the insurer for repayment.