As a result of 'ObamaCare' or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a new 2.3 percent tax on medical equipment has begun (the purpose is to help fund ObamaCare). Many companies that sell the equipment pass that cost on to those who buy their equipment. While the tax was never meant to include veterinarians, the equipment that vets buy is often equipment for people. So, pet owners will ultimately potentially be paying more, about 2.3 percent.
This couldn't come at a worst time for pets or pet owners because veterinary visits for years have been on the decline. There are many reasons for this sad fact, one are dollars and cents. Like most things, the cost of veterinary care has risen in recent years. Unlike our care, government doesn't pay for our pet's care (worse - now, that pet care is being taxed, if even unintentionally). Our pets truly are paying a heavy price.
With preventive care visits down, it's sadly safe to say our pets are getting sicker when they don't need to be. Emergency veterinary visits are on the rise, as increasingly people are waiting until "it's really bad." And the incidents of a wide range of preventive illnesses are on the rise.
This news report from CBS-4 Miami offers more:
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