Lack of access to veterinary care is a national family crisis, with more than one out of four (28%) families with pets reporting they experienced a barrier to veterinary care, most often due to limited finances. The impacts on pets can be substantial, including prolonged recovery from an illness or injury, premature death, or relinquishment. This results in distress for the family and negatively impacts veterinary professionals, further tasks animal shelters, and presents threats to public health.
AlignCare® is a One Health healthcare system that aligns the current resources of social service agencies and veterinary service providers while utilizing community funding. The alignment of these resources improves access to veterinary care for families currently underserved as well as enables social service and animal care professionals to meet their goals in serving families.
The AlignCare® System
- The bonded family talks to their social service provider about veterinary care for their pet.
- The social service agency enrolls the bonded family into AlignCare®.
- The bonded family goes to an enrolled veterinary service provider, where they submit a co-pay and the pet is seen by a veterinarian.
- The veterinary service provider provides services at a rate below market and submits an invoice for direct payment of the subsidy. The AlignCare® Fund pays the veterinary service provider based on a calculated rate.