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Veterinary Medical Center Client Credit Policy
We are dedicated to helping our clients care for their animals and realize that payment for treatment often is a concern. Please understand our financial requirements. The Hospital is self-supporting. Please let us know if you have budgetary limits before we start diagnosis and treatment.
Estimates & Deposits
You will receive a preliminary estimate in advance of surgical or medical procedures once the initial evaluation is completed. If your animal is transferred to another service within the Hospital you should receive an additional estimate for care under this new receiving service. The estimate may be revised if results of diagnostic testing alter the plan for treatment or if complications arise related to a serious illness.
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center operates on a payment-at-time-of-service basis for all outpatient office visits, spay, neuter, and declaw surgeries, prescription and lab services. This policy applies to both routine and specialty clinics. Payment for elective surgeries such as spay, neuter, and declaw surgeries are due in full when the animal is admitted.
A minimum deposit equal to 50% of the high end of the estimate range provided is required for all inpatient (hospitalized) cases prior to admission. For example, if your estimate is $1,200-$1,400, you would be asked to leave a $700 deposit. Please keep in mind that estimates and deposits can change if complications occur. Please ask how changes in your animal's condition will affect the cost of treatment. The required deposit may be higher based on the current estimate, your credit history, the urgent nature of your case, and other extenuating circumstances. Payment for the balance of charges is due upon release of an inpatient from the hospital.
Financial Arrangements may be possible for inpatient (hospitalized) patients with balances over $300 upon credit verification and approval by the Accounting department. The credit application must be complete, including proof of owner’s social security number and other contact information. If approved, one-half of the unpaid balance will be required upon release of your animal and the remaining amount due may be financed in three monthly installments. Interest of 1.5% per month (18% APR) is assessed on all accounts with balances over 30 days.
We do our best to provide a complete invoice at the time of discharge, but due to the nature and timing of certain procedures, all charges may not be posted at the time of release. In such instances, you will be billed for the remaining charges incurred for patient care during treatment of the animal but posted in the billing system after release. These additional charges will be billed by mail and payment is expected within 30 days of billing or 1.5% per month (18% per annum) interest will apply.
The Veterinary Hospital reserves the right to refuse to provide care if an existing client's account is not current or a client is unable to pay for the services.
We accept cash, checks (with valid ID), Discover, MasterCard, VISA, and American Express.
* Prices subject to change. Verify with Accounting.