Why are vets not regulated?

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Am amazed they are not, and only found that out today. Vet charges are extortionate. Yes, I have insurance, but even so, they
take their cut too...mine charges £99 for a new claim. Was voted the best pet insurance too (wasn't the reason I chose them) recently. Any insurance you choose will not cover dental work.
We all love our pets, but come on, when they get ill and need to be seen, I feel we are being fleeced.

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  • unforeseenunforeseen Forumite
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    PJ62 wrote: »
    Am amazed they are not, and only found that out today. Vet charges are extortionate. Yes, I have insurance, but even so, they
    take their cut too...mine charges £99 for a new claim. Was voted the best pet insurance too (wasn't the reason I chose them) recently. Any insurance you choose will not cover dental work.
    We all love our pets, but come on, when they get ill and need to be seen, I feel we are being fleeced.

    Compare vets fees against private medical treatment. Similar types of expense for vet and private hospital hence the charges.
  • reehsetinreehsetin Forumite
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    Vets are registered http://www.rcvs.org.uk/registration/check-the-register/register-categories/
    And you can raise concerns http://www.rcvs.org.uk/concerns/

    But I doubt anyone will take much consideration about pricing complaints though, vets need to make money to stay afloat and do their job, you're able to check prices beforehand and pick an alternative vet if needed
    Yes Your Dukeiness :D
  • ssparks2003ssparks2003 Forumite
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    Pets on the whole are a luxury, if you can't afford to look after a luxury don't have one.
  • Merlin's_BeardMerlin's_Beard Forumite
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    There's general concern that most vets don't charge enough: there was a survey last year that showed 15% of practices have negative profitability, ie are paying to stay in business.

    And I suspect the £99 is a processing fee for the practice, and your excess for your policy. Unless it's a high end referral practice.
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