I brought Bear's x-rays home a few days ago. The vets wife called yesterday and demanded I bring them right back. She said someone would come by there and check their x-rays and want to know where they were. Does this make sense? I didn't intend to keep them but now I'm curious. I just got their bill for $164. She didn't even say anything about my Bear dying and I don't even feel like leaving the house.
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I'm not a lawyer but I would think that the x-rays are your property since you paid for them.
-MIKE
I brought Bear's x-rays home a few days ago. The vets wife called yesterday and demanded I bring them right ... for $164. She didn't even say anything about my Bear dying and I don't even feel like leaving the house.

You own the xrays. You don't have to give them back. As Bear is dead, what would be the point. Is there something on the xray that might make it seem like it was the vet's fault? I always ask for and keep xrays.
From my experience the vet owns the x-rays. It is like for most photographers where they own the negatives.

Larry
on 03 Feb 2004:
I brought Bear's x-rays home a few days ago. The vets wife called yesterday and demanded I bring them right ... for $164. She didn't even say anything about my Bear dying and I don't even feel like leaving the house.

Interesting. I don't know how they regulate that stuff but I do know that when one of my cats was referred to a specialist and I had to bring copies of his records, the xrays could only be "borrowed" and I had to leave a refundable deposit to take them out of their office. That doesn't excuse the bedside manner of the vets wife. I'm sorry about Bear. Emotion: sad

Cheryl
Trapped like rats. In a chia-pet.
MIB II
From my experience the vet owns the x-rays. It is like for most photographers where they own the negatives. Larry

That's really odd. I've taken x-rays of my own out of the doctor's office to take to specialists and they just give them to me. Besides, the vet is not going to need them.
Old x-rays are sometimes recycled for silver content, but that would be a pretty petty reason to want them back. Other than that, it sounds like a power struggle on the part of the vet's office. I am horrified that no expression of sympathy was made to the OP by the vet.
Sherry
circa 04 Feb 2004 04:14:00 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Sherry (Email Removed) said,
Old x-rays are sometimes recycled for silver content, but that would be a pretty petty reason to want them back. ... of the vet's office. I am horrified that no expression of sympathy was made to the OP by the vet.

It could be that the x-rays are required for billing audits. (Proof that the x-rays were actually administered)
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
I brought Bear's x-rays home a few days ago. The vets wife called yesterday and demanded I bring them right ... for $164. She didn't even say anything about my Bear dying and I don't even feel like leaving the house.

No, that's assinine. There is no regulatory body that looks for the presence or absence of X-rays, unless there is some weird state law or something. We used to transfer them all the time.

Sorry you lost your kitty. Emotion: sad
-L.
I brought Bear's x-rays home a few days ago. The vets wife called yesterday and demanded I bring them right ... for $164. She didn't even say anything about my Bear dying and I don't even feel like leaving the house.

NO, it does not make sense. I would be very suspicious because of the hostile attitude. Why whould she be so nasty about it, unless they had something to hide. I would NOT give them back, because of this. I would write a letter to the clinic stating that you feel they are your property, since you paid for them, and you wish to retain them.

I would also be sure that I mentioned the poor tone of the wife as the reason why you will not be patronizing this office again. The purpose of the letter is for evidence in case this escalates. If she makes any trouble with your new vet, I would have the letter to show that she is the problem, not you. I am assuming that you will get a new vet since you have probably lost confidence in that office's ability to satisfy your requirements ;-)
Sorry to hear that Bear didn't make it. She should have also expressed some level of sympathy. Not doing so was more than simply an oversight.

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