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Pet Insurance Australia

Pet Insurance Australia

4.1 from 986 reviews

A much needed insurance in an emergency!

We took out PIA in middle of Aug 2018 for our two 5 yr old King Charles Cavaliers. Unfortunately Minty the female became violently ill during middle October 2018. She was rushed to Murdoch Vet Hospital after having blood tests at our local vet. She had emergency surgery the next day to remove her gall bladder. She spent 3 days at the hospital which amounted to a $4,500 vet bill. Our claim with PIA was met with no resistance and paid by end of November. Unlike our previous pet insurer! All we had to do was complete a claim form which was sent with the invoices from the Vet Hospital. Very happy with the service, just sorry to burden PIA with such an early claim. Minty recovered very quickly and is still in very good health. Thank you PIA!

Value for Money
Excellent
Customer Service
Excellent
Number of Pets-2 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredDog
Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time2-4 weeks
Claim DateOctober 2018
Claim ApprovedYes

Very easy to deal with

I was extremely happy with the ease and speed of making a claim. Not one problem along the way and very easy to deal with when I had a question.

Value for Money
Excellent
Customer Service
Excellent
Number of Pets1 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredDog
Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time<1 week
Claim DateFebruary 2019

Great pet insurance.

Very impressed with PIA. My Sharpei recently had a twisted stomach, the surgery and follow up care came to $12990, 80% off this was paid by PIA within two weeks. Amazing.

Value for Money
Excellent
Customer Service
Excellent
Number of Pets1 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredDog
Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time1-2 weeks
Claim DateDecember 2018
Claim ApprovedYes

Frustrations and delays with payout

Our recent claim was met with multiple delays, apparent loss of paperwork, failure to follow up and emails not replied to. Responses inconsistently came via postage mail, causing much time delay and inaccuracy. Multiple phone calls and frustrations before each Roadblock was resolved. A simple claim for an ear infection took months of effort and phone calls and emails before payment was received.

Value for Money
OK
Customer Service
Terrible
Number of Pets1 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredDog
Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time1-2 months
Claim DateSeptember 2018
Claim ApprovedYes
1 comment
Hi Graham, i'm sorry to hear of your delayed claim and frustrations. I'd love to put you in contact with a supervisor to put your faith back in PIA and our service. Can I please grab your policy number? Thanks

Great service and value

I have two Russian Blue cats insured with PIA one of which has been particularly accident prone this year and has had several incidents. Claims processing and payment has been quick and efficient. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend PIA.

Value for Money
Good
Customer Service
Excellent
Number of Pets2 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredCat
Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time<1 week
Claim DateNovember 2018
Claim ApprovedYes
1 comment
Thanks Peter for taking the time to share your feedback. Have a wonderful day.

Excellent service

My dog was diagnosed with epilepsy last year and the insurance claim for the costs was easy to do online and prompt reimbursement. Highly recommend PIA for your pet insurance.

Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time2-4 weeks
Claim DateOctober 2018
Claim ApprovedYes
1 comment
Thanks KimW for taking the time to review your experience with PIA. Have a wonderful week.

Very happy with PIA

We've had our 4 year old American Bulldog insured with PIA for the last 3.5 years. We made several claims (she had to have TTAs on both knees). No dramas. The claims were processed quickly and without any hassles.

Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time<1 week
1 comment
Thanks Sheree for sharing your PIA story. I hope your precious American Bulldog has made a full recovery. Have a great day.

Renewal of my Policy - Rude customer service

I have rung twice to the customer service team at Pet Insurance Australia only to be treated rudely. I was enquiring about why my policy renewal has increased so much. I can get a lower price on their website for my dog without any promotion. The lady on the phone was so rude in saying that pre-existing conditions will not be covered if you were to take up that new policy because my take went to the vet for skin irritation to a poo bottom. Not something that is a pre-existing condition.

Value for Money
Bad
Customer Service
Terrible
Number of Pets1 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredDog
Claim Made:No
Book AgainNo
1 comment
Hi Joe, i'm really sorry about this and i'd love to get you in contact with a supervisor asap. Can I please grab your policy number? Thanks

not very happy with PIA

Got full cover for my dog and I submitted a claim and they find a reason not to accept and reimburse. customer service did not fully explain to me why! !

Number of Pets1 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredDog
Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time2-4 weeks
Claim DateJanuary 2019
Claim ApprovedNo
2 comments
Hi Leyla, i'd love to look into this for you and have a claims supervisor reach out. Can I please grab your policy number? ThanksPI09026931

Very disappointed. No claim has been paid.

No claim we have made has been honoured. We've had 3 claims for really simple things. All denied. Do not insure your pet with them, you will only get excuses instead of money.

Claim Made:Yes
Claim ApprovedNo
2 comments
Hi Aggie. I'm sorry to hear of your frustrations with claims and i'd love to help. Can I please grab your policy number and i'll have a supervisor make contact asap. Thanks, have a great day.Hi there, it is PIC20067062/ 1,2 & 3

Claims paid... too easy!

We’ve had our Rottweiller insured with PIA since bringing him home as a 12 week old puppy, in 2012.Only one claim until September 2018 when our beautiful boy was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. We chose amputation and chemo for treatment. PIA paid every claim without question. They even noticed that in Feb 2019 there was a claim for eunthasia and cancelled his policy. If we get another dog we will definitely use PIA again. Just make sure you supply the correct paperwork!

Value for Money
Excellent
Customer Service
Excellent
Number of Pets1 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredDog
Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time<1 week
Claim DateDecember 2018
Claim ApprovedYes
1 comment
Thanks Kim for sharing your PIA story. Have a wonderful weekend.

Great service

Was very pleased with my claim refund prompt efficient service had my refund in a few days I’ve been with this insurance company for a couple of years hassel free

Value for Money
Excellent
Customer Service
Excellent
Number of Pets1 pets
Pet Type(s) InsuredDog
Claim Made:Yes
Claim Resolution Time<1 week
Claim DateJanuary 2019
Claim ApprovedYes
1 comment
Thanks Jullz for your review. Have a great day.

Terrible customer service. A pain to submit a claim.

I have been with PIA since April 2018. My two year old boxer has only been to the vet for being spayed, vaccinations and flea/tick/worm tablets. I have had to submit a claim for an injury and keep getting repetitive messages to submit vet history when PIA has all the documentations regarding spaying, vaccinations and tablets. The customer service representatives are unhelpful and just re-read what you can already see on the portal. They do not transfer you to anyone in the claims department and I am currently on a very long "hold" to speak with a supervisor. Very disappointed. I do not want to have to keep calling every few days to chase up a claim especially when all the documentation has been provided.

Insurance claim madeYes
1 comment
I Maryum, i'm sorry to hear of your problems with your claim process and i'd love to help. Can I please grab your policy number and i'll have a supervisor make contact asap. Thanks, have a great day.

Overseas call centre experience was painful and unhelpful

Have been with PIA for 7 months, and made claims for my 2 cats for their blood and pee tests. While I wasnt expecting much to be reimbursed because of pre-existing conditions and dental work, I am appalled that my cat's 'vomiting' is a condition. I had to call up to ask what happens if there were future problems found with my cat, given that vomiting is a symptom to so so many conditions, if I will be able to claim from any newly found condition, now that PIA has asserted my cat has a vomiting condition. I've also submitted documents to prove that I've done plenty of tests to find out why she vomits, and nothing sinister came back, she's super healthy. My email didnt come back for almost 2 months, and even after I reminded and resent the email, the communication has already broken down - they seem to have totally forgotten what I asked in the first place, and I've spent over an hour speaking with the operator who promised to get back to me ASAP!
I still tried to purchase a 3rd insurance for my newly adopted cat, and I dont understand why I had to do it over the phone and not online. The operator could not make any sense at all. I've specifically requested to not have payment made over the phone, and the operator said he's not the one processing the payment because the system has my bank details and will process the payment. WOW. Mind blown by this. The system processing the payment does not equate to payment made over phone? What?! I'm gonna need to call the bank up and block this scary system who has my bank details and can make decisions on its own.
I read the policies in great detail and just needed some simple clarifications. Didnt know why it was so hard.
Held back my horses and am going to source another insurance company that hopefully has a local call center and can make sense.
Absolutely not a fan of overseas call centers, no matter how cost saving they are to the company. First point of contact was already excruciating and put customers off.

Insurance claim madeYes
2 comments
Hi Koko, i'm sorry to hear of your frustrations with the call center and i'd love to help. Can I please grab your policy number and i'll have a supervisor make contact asap. Thanks, have a great day.Update: Sydney office contacted me within a week of this review, and everything was sorted clearly over the phone. I was also gently reminded that annual renewals would be communicated 2-4 weeks before expiry and would be auto deducted if policy is not cancelled. It was a breeze talking to Becca without having to listen to every word of the policy disclaimer being read out like it was with overseas call center. I ended up still buying my 3rd cat's insurance with PIA because Aussie's pet insurance market is currently dominated by either Petplan or Petsure, so.. welp. I would edit review to 5 stars if I could liaise with local call centers every time. I know it's more costly but the training, communication, service and knowledge are worlds apart. The level of care and concern from the staff matched the policy package I signed up for (maximum coverage) and made a huge difference in assuring my cats were taken care of.

No Regrets!

We have been with Pet Insurance for 2 and half years. We had to make a rather large claim due to a brown snake bite. The ordeal was very traumatic but dealing with Pet Insurance wasn't, it was such a breeze, we provided everything Pet Insurance needed and then received prompt reimbursement.
We are extremely happy with Pet Insurance and would highly recommend them! They are worth every penny as vet bills are not cheap.
We would have never forgiven ourselves if we had to say goodbye to our gorgeous dog Razor because we couldn't afford to have saved his life.
No Regrets!!

Insurance claim madeYes
1 comment
Thanks Nat for sharing your PIA story. I hope Razor has recovered from his snake bite ordeal, it must have been very scary and it's lovely to know that PIA was able to help and take a little stress away. Have a wonderful day.

Good pet insurance

Been with you for a few years now and have never had a problem with a claim and it has always been paid promptly.

Insurance claim madeYes
1 comment
Thanks Bronwyn for your review. Have a great day.

Always have been quick with refund. So easy to do online thanks to the amazing staff talking me thro

About 4 years and have been very happy with fast refunds and excellent phone help when we have needed it for our greyhound Billy

Insurance claim madeYes
1 comment
That's wonderful news. Hope Billy is doing well. Have a great afternoon.

Excellent service as always

My latest dealings with PIA were again very positive. From seeking pre approval for surgery needed for my dog to the claim process and refund, all went smoothly and efficiently with the claim being paid promptly.

Insurance claim madeYes
1 comment
Thanks Julie B for sharing your PIA story. I hope your precious pooch is doing well after surgery. Have a great afternoon.

Best pet insurance

I have been with PIA for a little over 10 years.
During this time I have found them to offer exceptional customer service. Claims are always processed quickly snd staff are helpful.
The new portal system is great.
While premiums have increased drastically over the past few years I still find this insurance to be well worth the cost. I have been able to provide my dog with lifesaving surgery that would not have been affordable without the security of pet insurance.
My one complaint would be that cover dropped from 100% to 80% some time ago. Though this does seem to be the industry standard now.

Insurance claim madeYes
1 comment
Thanks Alex for your feedback on PIA. I'll be sure to pass this over to our team. I hope your dog is doing better after surgery? Have a great afternoon.

Best insurance policy I have ever had!

I have been with Pet Insurance Australia for 4 years. Admittedly this is my first claim however it was such a smooth and easy on line application process. Pet Insurance Australia paid my claim in one business day. Very much appreciated given high vet bills amongst other bills. Thank you Pet Insurance Australia.

Insurance claim madeYes
1 comment
Thanks Summer for taking the time to review PIA. Have a wonderful day.

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Questions & Answers

I have a 15 week old puppy. When i first brought her home she developed diarrhoea in the first few days due to change in diet and anxiety due to the change. After taking her to the vet, she was fine after 3 days. She also had the beginning stage of an ear infection so I got medication for that too. My question is; will the diarrhoea and ear infection be a pr existing condition?
No answers

Does your insurance policy cover IVDD?
1 answer
Hi Ros. The policy does not cover any Pre-existing conditions prior to the policy commencement or any signs or symptoms that have occurred during the Waiting period. IVDD (intervertebral disc disease) is also excluded on the accidental injury cover only policies (so make sure you read the PDS and ensure you understand exactly what your precious pups are covered for and what your policy allows - you can find this here https://www.petinsuranceaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PIA-PDS-eff-2018_06_29_Online.pdf). PIA's assessment of known issues with specific breeds (e.g. bad backs) are taken into account in the premium calculation. IVDD is covered in our Major Medical Policy. Hope this helps.

I am going overseas and leaving my dog with a friend to look after for 3 weeks. If she would need emergency care/ treatment during that period would my friend be able to put the claim in on my behalf and inform the vet that the dog is comprehensively insured under your company ? Thanks
1 answer
Hi Lily. You can add your friend as an Authorised person on the policy. As an Authorised person, they can submit claims on behalf of the policy holder and also inquire about claim status and outcome. However, the Authorised person cannot make any changes to the policy. Hope this helps. Have a great Christmas

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