Compare ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance vs. Banfield Optimum Wellness
Wellness plans from Banfield are not the same as pet insurance plans. With Banfield’s plans, you are essentially pre-paying for the wellness services received at a Banfield Pet Hospital. Unlike ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans, it does not cover any treatments for injuries or illnesses beyond office visits and limited discounts on some services. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plans also do not limit you to a specific veterinary clinic or hospital.
|No Membership Fee||Yes||No|
|Freedom to Visit Any Veterinarian or Specialist||Yes||No|
|Coverage for Injuries||Yes||No|
|Coverage for Illnesses||Yes||No|
|Free Cancellation Anytime||Yes||No|
Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan Comparison
If you’re considering a Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan, it’s important to understand that it is not a pet insurance plan. Banfield offers wellness membership plans, which allow you to purchase a package of preventive care services for use exclusively at Banfield veterinary clinics.
Type of Coverage
A Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan will only help you manage the costs of the preventive care services that are included in the package you select. But what if your pet gets hurt or sick? What if they need treatment for a behavioral condition or an alternative therapy, like acupuncture or hydrotherapy? With ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance coverage, you can get help covering the costs of accidents, illness, congenital and hereditary conditions, alternative therapies, behavioral conditions, and more. You can also add preventive care to your plan at a low additional cost. This coverage reimburses you a set amount for a list of covered wellness services without a deductible or co-insurance.
You may be wondering if such robust coverage is worth it. Of course, that depends on your personal situation, but you can start by asking yourself how much you’d be willing to pay for your pet’s veterinary care. If you’d want to give your pet the best care possible with less worry about the costs, ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance coverage may be right for you.
One accident or illness can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, especially if your pet needs surgery or hospitalization. Even if you can afford expensive veterinary bills, it can be reassuring to know that the ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance program will be there to help if something happens to your four-legged family member.
Of course, the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan will cost less than ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance, but that is because you are just purchasing wellness services. With ASPCA® Pet Insurance plans, you’re getting more coverage for your pet than just wellness services. The cost for your pet is based on a few factors, including your zip code as well as your pet’s age and breed.
You can customize your ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance plan to fit your budget and coverage needs by selecting your deductible, reimbursement percentage, and annual limit. For instance, if you choose a higher deductible, you will pay less for your premium. However, you’ll have to meet a higher deductible amount before you can start getting reimbursed. If you’d like to pay even less and only have coverage for accidents, you can choose our Accident Only plan option.
The Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan has a membership fee, which you must pay every year when you renew your wellness package. ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance plans have premium costs but they do not have a membership fee.
Choice of Veterinarians or Specialists
With the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan, you must visit a Banfield Pet Hospital. If you’re considering this plan, you should make sure there is one located conveniently near your home. You should also check their hours to see if they fit your schedule.
ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance plans give you the freedom to visit any veterinarian. This includes emergency clinics and specialists, such as pet dermatologists, cardiologists, and neurologists. There is also no referral or preauthorization needed for emergency care or specialist visits.
You may cancel your Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan anytime, but you will be required to pay any outstanding charges for services rendered. With ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance plans, you can cancel your plan whenever you like, and we will refund your pro-rated premium for after your cancellation date. We will also process any claims that you submitted before your date of cancellation.
Comparison information is provided using publicly available information as of 7/1/2019 and is only meant to summarize program features, not a specific plan.
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