Blog posts for July 2017

 

Should pet owners be given a tax credit for saving the health system $$?

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New data released this week shows that pet owners deliver a massive $2 billion in public healthcare savings across Australia. The Healthcare Economics of Pets report determined that every pet owner saves the health system $700 per year. On the back of this research, Keep Australia Pet Friendly ambassador Dr Chris Brown is prescribing pets to Federal and State governments to help relieve the pain of ballooning healthcare budgets.

New data released this week shows that pet owners deliver a massive $2 billion in public healthcare savings across Australia. While the individual health benefits of owning a pet are widely known, The Healthcare Economics of Pets report determined that every pet owner saves the health system $700 per year in reducing the number of doctor visits and associated health costs, such as fewer specialist appointments and hospital visits.

 

On the back of this research, Keep Australia Pet Friendly ambassador Dr Chris Brown is prescribing pets to Federal and State governments to help relieve the pain of ballooning healthcare budgets.

 

He is encouraging policymakers to consider tax rebates or offsets that encourage pet ownership to stimulate further savings.

 

Fast facts:

-Pet owners create $2 billion in healthcare budgets savings every year

-By visiting the doctor 11% less annually, each pet owner saves the health system $700 per year

-Pets encourage better physical health through walk and play, and promote mental health by providing companionship and facilitating community connection

-The Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign encourages pet owners, governments and businesses to work together to integrate pets into Australian life

 

 

The calculations are based on previous studies by academics at the University of Melbourne that showed pet owners visit the doctors 11% less than non-pet owners.

 

The economic projections indicate that if pet populations increased by 10% a year the public health system could stand to save a whopping $200 million annually.

 

John Bishop, Co-Founder and Joint CEO of national animal welfare charity PetRescue, has voiced his support for the proposal.

 

“We really need policies like this to encourage more Australians to discover the benefits, and the joy, of pet adoption. The fact that pet ownership also has such a huge positive impact on our economy, it makes me wonder why this hasn’t been implemented sooner. It's a win-win for both humans and the many thousands of pets looking for a new home,” said Mr Bishop. 

 

This report shows that keeping Australia pet friendly is an issue of national importance. If our governments can recognise pet owners for making smart choices for their health through incentives like a tax rebate or offset, the return on investment could be huge.

 

So, what do you think?

 

 

 

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