An Interesting Article About The High Cost of Corporate Veterinary Medicine

I have cautioned customers to ask questions about the highly profitable but usually-unrewarding testing offered by corporate and franchise veterinary medicine.

“This test you’re suggesting: What can we do with the result? Does it lead to a successful treatment?”

This will stop a LOT of frivolous testing right in it’s tracks. And commission-based veterinarians hate it.

Fair Question: “Dr. Johnson you own your own practice. Don’t you have the same ‘conflict of interest’-  recommending tests for extra income?”

Answer: “No. I can choose to raise my prices overall. That way I can sleep at night. I can still run -ONLY- the tests I actually NEED. And make a living because I can raise my prices as needed, in order to do so. For some veterinarians, (commission-based-working-for-a-franchise-or-chain) the only way to increase their standard of living, is to run more tests, and generate more commissions and bonuses.”

How Pet Care Became a Big Business – The New York Times

Author: Dr. Erik Johnson
Dr. Erik Johnson is the author of several texts on companion animal and fish health. Johnson Veterinary Services has been operating in Marietta, GA since 1996. Dr Johnson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr Johnson has lived in Marietta Georgia since 1976.