Veterinary bills in the United Kingdom are on the rise every year, but this does not necessarily mean that animal care professionals are making a bigger profit from offering the same services that they have always provided, nor can the claim be made that they are charging more money to clients who have insurance.
The reason for this is that pet insurance is not a new product. In the U.K., it has existed since shortly after the end of World War II. The only element that is new is that there is a rise in the number of people who are actually purchasing that type of policy.
According to the president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Jerry Davies, who has also been a veterinary surgeon for 41 years, the increase in vet bills, on the other hand, is the result of a number of other primary causes.
To start, the science and technology of veterinary medicine is firing ahead with leaps and bounds, and has moved well beyond the diagnostic methods and the treatment techniques that can be performed by the typical pet owner.
Therefore, the issue of “veterinary inflation” which is so often mentioned by insurance companies, is more accurately a reflection of the rise in price of the methods and techniques themselves, and not that a veterinarian is unjustifiably increasing or adding fees (or acting fraudulently, for that matter).
Companion animals are playing an increasingly important role in the lives of their families and, regardless of whether the animal is insured, those owners want to be able to give their fuzzy family members the very best possible medical care. The truth is that this care and its advancements comes with a rising price.