A 2.3% excise tax on medical equipment imposed by the Affordable Care Act will have the unintended consequence of raising costs for veterinarians who utilize "dual use" devices -- those that can be used to treat humans and animals -- in their clinical practice. Veterinarians worry that as a result of higher costs, pet owners may as a result delay needed, money-saving preventive care. "Congress never intended for this tax to impact veterinary medicine and unfortunately it has, and I think that's very unfortunate that veterinary medicine now is subsidizing human health care," said Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of the AVMA's governmental relations division.

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