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Impact of veterinary business models on access to care

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Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: I would like to conclude on access to general care. I know this is a problem that we see not only in this country, but all over the world. So what can you do…what do you do…I guess some solutions if you do? I’m doing my best… I might drive 4 or 5 hours to see the vet. That’s one thing, and then it evens out the cost of veterinary care we’re talking about.

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA: So when we were talking about access to care, there are multiple facets to that. There is physical access to care and economic access to care. Physically, even some densely populated areas have no veterinarians and are easily accessible. Perhaps they don’t allow pets on public transport, or the walks are too far, or for some other reason. Whether it’s downtown LA or the actual desert you’re driving in. So how do we act? How will you deal with it in the future? Some of them may eventually come down to telemedicine. A senior center that allows pets can perhaps also be considered a veterinary desert. Because they may not be able to go to the veterinary hospital with their pets from that center. Doing rounds and such is a great way to access it. So physical access takes time, and thinking differently to get answers to financial access becomes a bit of a challenge. We’ve seen inflation affect everything. Gas prices in Southern California, and California is crazy. But it’s also impacting the cost of veterinary care. Earlier we talked about the fact that 46% of pet owners are surprised there isn’t a better way to present their $500 veterinary bill. Well, that’s four tanks of gas in California. So how do we deal with the economic side of things? And the different business models within, bordering, or synergistic with our practice? can we find a care, perhaps st so he can save some money when critical care and emergencies happen? I think we should start looking at new and different business models that make veterinary care more affordable and accessible to everyone, rather than the upper middle class who are taxing even themselves by all costs. increase. With the increasing cost of veterinary care. I think it takes some imagination as to how it’s done, but I’ve seen it done in affordable human health care. I know that. We don’t want to go down that rabbit hole. This allows us to provide more affordable care for your health and leaves you with some money in case of sickness, illness, emergencies, injuries and accidents.etc

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: Well, no, it’s a problem, but hopefully there will be some solution. Just change the model a little bit and I think what you’re talking about is great. You know, I know there are a lot of affordable things like affordable vaccination clinics and spay/neuter surgeries. So trying to incorporate it into the model in some way might be the solution going forward. So great. Well this was great. Dr. Peter Weinstein, thank you so much for being here. This is great.

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA: Thanks to Dr. Adam Christman.

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: you’re welcome. And thanks to her friends at Synchrony, CareCredit and Pets Best for supporting this session. This was great. Thank you for joining our channel. Please stay safe. I hope you learned a lot today. Thank you.

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA: Thank you very much.

Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: Be careful.

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