Member Of Over 71 Million U.S. Households Ignored By Universal Healthcare
More than 71 million U.S households have companion animals or farm animals that are not covered by health insurance. This is despite the fact that people in the U.S. spend more than $12 billion every year on veterinary care.
According to the 2009/2010 National Pet Owners Survey, 71.4 million households have at least one animal that is probably uninsured. Universal health care for these animals would save money in the long run by reducing the transmission of animal borne illness through preventative care.
Universal health care for animals would also reduce the practice of euthanasia in cases where owners must make decisions based on expense, thereby preserving the quality of care and prolonging the animal’s life.