| Finally a welcome catch up with the rest of Australia...INJURY REBATE in QLD!...except it's flawed.|
This is basically in line with most other states.
There is a basic flaw with all of it and it needs to be said.
Greyhound people are generally NOT FLUSH WITH CASH!
This will not help save Greyhounds when the owner cannot afford to outlay $1,600 of a $2,000 Vet bill!
They will make the decision to put the dog to sleep IF THEY HAVEN"T GOT THE MONEY!!!
Some have limited reserves and if the bill is say $4,000, although they desperately want to save the dog, cannot afford the substantial initial outlay.
RQ propose to pay up to 80% for eligible injuries AFTER the surgery is paid for by the owner.
Why not pay the Vet DIRECT after the surgery?!?!?!?
Surely it's not too hard to liaise with the Vet and pay them DIRECTLY.
Create a RQ recommended circle of VETS, negotiate a reasonable charge rate...WIN - WIN?
IMO, it's not going to stop the flow but marginally slow it.
This is not what is needed.
People want to save their dogs, RQ have nothing to lose by paying the Vet direct, and give the owners the chance to save MOST of the dogs.
Low grade, low earner dogs get injured the same as higher earners!
Hobby trained dogs get injured the same as professionally trained and owned dogs!
Change the way it is rebated and it's a winner.
The cost to RQ is no different and the results are magnified.
It's only commonsense.