Veterinary practices will be affected by the Affordable Care Act because more than half of medical device manufacturers reportedly plan to pass a 2.3% excise tax included in the law on to clinicians. "Congress never intended for this tax to impact veterinarian medicine and unfortunately it has, and I think that's very unfortunate that medicine is subsidizing human health care," said Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of the AVMA's Governmental Relations Division. Devices used exclusively for animals are not affected by the tax, but those used for both animals and humans are subject to the new levy.

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