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Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI)

P.O. Box 2488
Brea, CA 92822-2344
phone: (888) 899-4VPI
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Founded in 1980, VPI is the oldest and largest health insurance plan for pets in the US. VPI plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional vaccination and routine care coverage is also available.
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1/10   Absolute Waste of Money, 2/27/2017

Reviewed By: Cheryl, Recommend: N

My dog has had insurance since she was a puppy. She is now 11. I have paid somewhere around $3,750 in fees since getting my dog's insurance through VPI, now Nationwide. My puppy was recently sick and her bill totaled about $800 dollars for two separate Vet visits. Since both of the visits were in the same 'claim period' my reimbursement was greatly reduced. This plan, that I have been paying on for the last 11 years, only reimbursed me $250.00 in TOTAL. So that leaves me with the remaining $550 Vet bill AND the disgust of knowing that I wasted $3750.00 paid over the last 11 years. Quite honestly, if I had to do this over, I would either choose a totally different provider or, open a 'special' savings for my pup and drop $10 in it each payday. If I had done that I would still have over $2000 in that special "vet" fund for her and I would not have thrown away $3750. AVOID this insurance, major ripoff.
Injury/Illness: Arthritis and UTI   Breed: German Shepherd
Claim Amount: $500 - $1000   Age of Pet: over 8 years
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3/10   I regret being with Nationwide/VPI for 10 years!, 1/13/2017

Reviewed By: Mark, Recommend: N

I never insured any other pet before this dog, so I have had one insured dog for 10 years. He was just diagnosed with Cushing's disease and Nationwide has an $800.00 annual cap on this disease. We spent more than that just getting to the diagnoses. Now there is zero coverage for any medication or actual treatment of this disease. I am devastated to say the least. If I manage his disease well, he has the potential for many good years ahead. But I've never had a dog with a chronic condition before and here I am in that very position with pet insurance for the first time and I WON'T BE REIMBURSED FOR MOST OF HIS TREATMENT/NEEDS! The company likes to tout that the benefits renew each calendar year but the amount of coverage for his illness is actually less than what the plan will cost me for the year, much less the deductible so I am not better off with the insurance unless he gets sick or injured with something different. The whole reason I insured him in the first place was so I wouldn't have to be paying out of pocket for really big expenses if they happened, and now that is exactly what I'm stuck doing. Of course he now has a pre-existing condition and I am stuck with a company that has completely let us down.
Injury/Illness: Cushing's disease   Breed: Mixed Breed dog
Claim Amount: over $1000   Age of Pet: over 8 years
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1/10   Pre Existing is their famous excuse!!!, 1/12/2017

Reviewed By: Christi, Recommend: N

Don't get VPI FOR SURE!!!! We had a German Shepherd who was 100% healthy when we got her as a puppy....put her on the highest plan possible and 4 months later ended up getting her fixed. The day after the surgery she all the sudden stopped urinating and was severely blocked in the bladder, moving up into the kidneys. Took her back to the vet, of course, /'f they sent us straight down to GCVS (a specialty hospital that people from all over the US come to for disease, cancer, etc). Luckily it's 45 min from our home, but talk about expensive!!!! Her first 4 days in the hospital cost $4500...including another surgery to relieve blockage. All 3 specialists said that it was NOT caused from the surgery and is so rare that would be normal to be undetected until it actually hit the point she was at. But VPI claimed it was "pre-existing" and wouldn't cover even a single penny! Even after submitting proof of tests and testimonials from all specialtists saying it was not pre-existing...still, not one penny!
At this point it was too late to change insurance companies bcuz then it really would be pre-existing. Therefore...after 6 yrs of medical treatment and many hospital stays and surgeries, we've spent over $30,0000 on our dog. Would do it again and again in a heartbeat bcuz she's one of the family BUT ridiculous that we had insurance company that wouldn't lift a finger to help. At all. Never has.
By the way VPI...if not being able to urinate was considered pre-existing, common sense has it that she wouldn't have lived. Really?? Didn't know a dog could go 4 months (from the time we signed up with VPI) without peeing...ridiculous excuse if u ask ME!
Sadly, we lost our Dakota 3 months ago after battling this rare disease! She died of kidney failure...which the vet agrees they could've possibly found a cure if insurance would've helped and instead used the money out of pocket to use towards research and exotic meds to try. Hmmmm. Prettt sad if u ask me. So now we just got another new puppy (Bentley) who is a 2 month old German Shepherd as well...and as I search for new plans and ask vets for recommendations, almost 100% of them have referred me TO Healthy Paws Insurance... so wish me Luck this time. And I sure hope Bentley is in good hands with them bcuz Poor Dakota was certainly NOT by using VPI. NEVER AGAIN!!!!
Injury/Illness: bladder renal (kidney)   Breed: German Shepherd
Claim Amount: over $1000   Age of Pet: over 8 years
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10/10   excellent, 12/31/2016

Reviewed By: Joanne Teschner, Recommend: Y

Thank you VPI for paying in full 2 more claims I submitted 2 weeks ago. I have this insurance for 6 years, and I have been so happy with it. Their customer service is also great when you have to call. So thank you nationwide for paying my claims and for my peace of mind. Keep up the good work
Injury/Illness: ear problem   Breed: Labrador Retriever
Claim Amount: $100 - $500   Age of Pet: 1 - 8
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1/10   Buy this insurance if you love getting scammed., 12/22/2016

Reviewed By: Trisha Berube, Recommend: N

VPI let me pay into its system for 6 years, from the time Oscar was a puppy, with literally no claims all 6 years. Then, they mysteriously "cancelled" me "and they weren't sure why" when I needed surgery for my 6 year old dog. Then, they would only reinstate me as a new customer with a 6 year old dog, at premiums 3x higher than they were before. Why? Because the lower premiums are reserved for the customers that start their dogs on insurance when they are puppies. ABSOLUTE SCAM. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THESE PEOPLE.
Injury/Illness: skin problem   Breed: Boxer
Claim Amount: $100 - $500   Age of Pet: 1 - 8
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6/10   VPI is OK --- consumers need to educate themselves,
I've had a VPI policy for about 7 years and recently had to submit a claim for the 1st time. Submitting the claim was easy and they paid within about 2 weeks. I ended up getting about $3,000 of my $6,000 vet bills back. Here are my thoughts - 1. I would have liked to get more than just 50% back from VPI. But I chose VPI and I chose a system that deals with standard and customary fees. I chose a… read more

Reviewed By: denver
9/10   Totally Satisfied,
Yes, I would recommend VPI to others and have. First, I must agree with a few of the comments regarding coverage costs. I do feel that their (VPI) customer scale by which they gauge our reimbursement for Veterinary Services could be improved and more up-to-date with current cost structures. The actual costs incurred far exceed what is allowed by VPI and with the deductable it can be frustrating on what… read more

Reviewed By: Gloria Gunderson
9/10   No major gripes with VPI,
We have our two 5 year old golden retrievers enrolled in the VPI superior plan. Jack, who we have had since a puppy, has been enrolled since about 6 months of age. Chloe has only been enrolled for the year that we have had her. Jack has had sooooo many health issues, it has been wellllll worth the money for his plan. He has chronic skin infections due to allergies (he's allergic to human dander,… read more

Reviewed By: Kelly
2/10   the problem is their UCR,
VPI uses a usual and customary fee schedule more than 8 years old. Therefore, you go to the vet, pay let's say 500 and VPI (because they use outdated information) thinks the visit SHOULD have cost 150 - they then reimburse 80% of 150 or 120.00 on your 500.00 claim. (this is a terribly generous example - the reality is much worse). Find another company that either does not use a UCR at all (pets best is… read more

Reviewed By: Ellen
7/10   definitely a yes,
I have had pets all my life. with our newest additions, a german shepherd and a kitten, I decided to give this a try. all claims have been processed promptly. Unfortunately, the biggest payoff would be with a large claim. I wish I had this for my older dogs. then we wouldn't be hesitating about some surgery our lab needs. read more

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