Catastrophic cat care

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 11 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:152
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago

    Have you ever had a sick cat? If you have, and even if your cat is American born, you will find there is no cradle to grave MediCAT programme to pay for things like CAT-scans, not even a MediPET scheme to reimburse financially strapped owners of emotionally disturbed pets who need a multicolour PET-scan.

    Imagine then the crisis on Chicago's gold coast when a much petted Siamese cat, having already survived the worst bear market in South East Asia's history, developed a red eye. The primary care veterinarian prescribed eye drops; but the cat owner, untrammelled by managed care gatekeepers, decided to seek a second opinion from a highly regarded specialist, who dealt exclusively …

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