I just got off the phone with a CareCredit customer service rep, and I was hoping they would actually have me complete the survey they promised at the end of our call because I would have been happy to air my grievance there. But, no surprise, there was no survey after our call, so I'll grieve here instead.
A previous reviewer talked about the rudeness of the customer service reps--100% agreement! First I was given a woman with such a thick accent that I couldn't understand a word she said. Wanting to be kind, I told her that her accent was beautiful, but that my hearing wasn't great and I was having trouble understanding her, and asked if I could speak with someone else. She sent me to a whole different department (merchant services) that couldn't help me at all, and they sent me back to customer service. This time. I got a rude lady (no accent). She had zero skill in soothing a customer's ruffled feathers--why are people like this given customer service jobs?
I complained that even though I faithfully make my monthly payment on time, and pay my full balances within the demanded time, I have been charged interest and a fee this year on my balance. She explained (in a tone that sounded like, "You idiot, you should know this") that a portion of my bill had been "non-promotional"--she kept repeating this phrase as though I should know exactly what that meant. I finally told her I didn't know what she meant by "non-promotional", and only then did she go out of her way to explain that if your bill is under $200, you get charged interest until that portion is paid off!
I also told her that the chat feature which their site claims to have was nowhere in sight on my computer. She said to go to Internet Explorer instead of Google Chrome and it would most likely be there. I tried that and, again, there was no chat link to be found. She said, "Well, I'm on that page and I see it on mine"--in that same condescending tone, as though she was certain I was looking straight at that chat button but was just too stupid to see it. Never did resolve that one--the chat feature simply wasn't there. Last thing I needed was a copy of an old statement which wouldn't print at the time I tried to print it (Their site is tweaky sometimes and won't cough up what you need).
She asked if I wanted a paper statement sent. Suspecting hidden charges on everything with this company, I asked if there was a charge for that, and she informed me in her "what idiot wouldn't know there was a charge?" tone that it would cost me $4. In surprise, I mused, "A $4 charge..." Her cold response: "Yep." Very short with me, very uncharming, terrible representative of the company. I told her I would be glad to respond to their promised survey--but that never came. I had been telling others about CareCredit and right now have two friends who were going to look into getting it for their vet needs. I will advise them otherwise.
FLORIDA -- For convenience I used Care Credit for a dentistry bill. All went fine with my automatic monthly payment through my bank. No interest, no late fees. After it was paid I again used it for husband's new glasses. I set up a similar payment schedule for the glasses, same date with different monthly amount, of course. On a fixed income, automatic payments are a must for me.
I was unaware that, unlike normal credit cards, the payment date did not remain the same & had changed to 4 days before I had scheduled the automatic payments. I received no late payment notices, but over a 6 month period I was charged $158 in late fees! The initial statement for the glasses included a $55 payment that was not even due until the next month!!! Yet they are saying that the early $55 payment does not count as payment for the next month. That amount was over twice the minimum payment amount, but all that gets me is a "Thank you".
Yes, I should have looked carefully at the statements that were emailed to me, but I was thinking "Credit card - same pay date - all set up with my bank" & just skimmed over the statements. I did not check the statements until I saw that their balance was much different than mine. I called them & was able to have the outstanding balance waived & set to zero, but that did not cover all of the late charges. They will not refund me nearly $70 in overpayments.
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- So I applied for care credit, I was told I would pay my monthly payments including the interest. My balance never goes down, they might waive late fees but not the interest on the late fees. Total hamster wheel customer service, weird accents so you can't understand what they are saying. You'll die of old age before you end up paying this card. The minimum payment will only make you pay more interest on your next bill. Beware of these money sucking vampires. Care credit CEO must not be human at all.
Medical emergencies bring out the best in some, the worst in others. Well, needless to say... CareCredit brings out the absolute worst!!! Simply and to the point, they take advantage of patients in a bad situation. CareCredit.com are vultures – and if you can avoid dealing with them, I advise making whatever effort is necessary to do so.
CareCredit.com has signed up medical providers – not just MDs, but dentists, therapists, and veterinarians. If you have a huge medical expense, and can't afford the entire amount, chances are your medical provider will probably mention CareCredit.com and their wonderful three- or six-month no interest plan. Well, I had an overwhelming amount in dental costs and my dentist suggested that I apply for Care Credit for part of the amount. When I called them, they were EXTREMELY pleasant! I was approved during that very phone call. I have excellent credit... but needless to say, that was NEVER even checked.
The concept sounds very much like an act of mercy, guaranteeing that people who are in desperate need of funds to pay for their medical procedures will get the help they need. CareCredit.com is actually GE Capital (the same people who made your ‘fridge lend out lots and lots of money). They're not in it for altruism – they're in it to make money – and make money they do. HOW? BY LYING TO YOU!!!!
This is not a loan, it's a credit card – in a few days, a MasterCard appears in your mailbox. In theory, you can use this card to charge more medical expenses. What's different about this card is that, unlike all those offers you're getting in the mail every day, the interest is GETTING ADDED EVERY SINGLE DAY at the maximum amount allowable under the usury threshold of 24% APY. That vaunted “interest-free” period is only “interest-free” if you pay off the entire bill within the no-interest period. Pay off all but A FEW BUCKS and you owe interest on the entire bill.
MY STORY: In my case, CareCredit.com never bothered to send me any form of information about the account AT ALL. Sure, they got the card to me, but nothing else. They're never sent me any information about the payment plans, and more to the point, they've never sent me a BILL! I had less than $3,000 left to pay on the card prior to the "promotional period" ending. My dentist called up to add $9,000 to the card and asked if he did so, would they extend the promotional "interest free" rate for an additional 12 months. THEY GLADLY AGREED!
Well, one day, I go online and notice that they are charging me interest. I called and not only was the customer service agent extremely rude, he proceeds to insult my intelligence insulted by stating that I should learn to read. (I'm sorry, last I checked I have my PHD! I am quite certain I KNOW HOW TO READ! This comment coming from a customer service representative who probably gets paid minimum wage at best.) Apparently, I was being charged "deferred interest" because, according to them, I never paid the prior balance off.
First of all, I sent them a payment of $3,000 (which was OVER the amount I owed) and they applied that amount to the NEW BALANCE! WHY???? I HAVE NO IDEA! In addition, WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO READ??? NOTHING WAS EVER SENT TO ME BUT REGULAR STATEMENTS!!! So in essence, I KILLED MYSELF PAYING MORE THAN THE AMOUNT DUE EVERY MONTH... Just to get slammed anyway.
THEY PROMISED MY DENTIST THAT THEY WOULD EXTEND THE PROMOTIONAL PERIOD IF HE ADDED MORE MONEY TO MY EXISTING ACCOUNT! Due to this, I am getting penalized for almost $3,000 in accrued interest. This is just ridiculous! My advice... Avoid these people like the plague! THIS COMPANY IS A SCAM!!!!! Not to mention that their customer service representatives are incompetent (if not merely stupid) and worse yet, LIARS!!!
UTAH -- This little 80 year old lady in Michigan used Care Credit for $8000 in dental work that she had to have done. Her monthly payments were about $141 each month and she paid Care Credit $300 per month and did not missed one payment and the term was for 24 months. The lady has eyesight issues and missed see that her term was for 24 months and at the end of the 24 months she was required to pay the balance of $1700 off. She kept paying the $300 a month thinking that she was paying off her loan ahead of schedule.
She called Care Credit because her monthly statement went for $1700 to $5,800 and they told her that she was being accessed a $5,038 interest fee because she didn't pay her balance within the 24 month time frame. She offered to pay the $1700 balance and Care credit refused to accept her offer and told her she was to pay the $5800.
The little 80 year old lady on a fixed income had to take the $5800 out of her savings to pay off Care Credit and stop the interest from building up. I know this because I do this ladies accounting. I wouldn't use Care Credit if they were the last company on earth. PERIOD! Beware!
KENSINGTON, MARYLAND -- My practice is a Target of an account review by CareCredit for over three months. CareCredit refused to disclose anything regarding the nature of the review, but has been withholding the funds from my practice since June 2013, affecting our cash flow. It's in the contract and CareCredit can/has the legal authority to do this, but this is an example of the predatory behavior so often practiced by insurance companies.
To make the matter worse, I was told by Carecredit yesterday (9/16/13) that they can withhold the funds up to a year. Every dentist I told was shocked by this, and so was the Academy of General Dentistry and Better Business Bureau. This can happen to any practices that work with Carecredit. Whether it's in the contract or not this type of treatment should never happen without an justifiable explanation or cause. This is NOT the kind of treatment we healthcare professionals deserve!
You go to the dentist and she wants to do an expensive procedure that isn't covered by insurance. When you balk at the price, she has a cost effective alternative - CareCredit. DON"T DO IT - IT IS A TOTAL SCAM. I needed a $2,293 program for my gums. When I said it was too expensive, she came up with CareCredit. According to the paperwork (that I have in front of me now), I would be able to pay for the program over 24 months, interest free. It would cost me just $95.54 / month. She explained that if I hadn't paid it off after the 2 years, I would owe the deferred interest at 19.99% annual rate.
Knowing I could easily afford that, I signed up. Big mistake. The pamphlet CareCredit put out is very carefully worded to mislead. In fact, everything about this operation is designed to mislead. The pamphlet shows that they offer 3, 6, 12, and 24 month promotional periods of 0% interest and longer periods at 11.9%. The brochure implies that if you are not in good standing, you get a 22.98% interest rate slapped on. What is not clear is how you ever get the 11.9% rate - you go to the 22.98% rate regardless of your credit rating in my experience.
Here is what really happened to me. I got my CareCredit card with the opening charge of $2293. I began paying it off, $200 per month. That was over twice the rate I needed to pay it off over 2 years. I set up an auto-pay and after verifying that it was working, decided to just forget about it and let it run till it was paid off. I never missed a payment and never had a late payment. I always paid more than the minimum payment. I did everything as stipulated!
In reality, it didn't work like I expected at all. After 3 months, the promotional period ended and I was back charged $167 in deferred interest. And then I started accumulating interest on the balance at the punishing 22.98% rate. Just for the record, my credit score is 782-790 and I have an interest rate of 8.9% on my Visa card. I pay off my credit card in full every month. In all my 25 years of credit history, I have never once carried a credit card balance over.
CareCredit is a dishonest money making scheme. The entire operation - from the way local medical professionals sell it, the ambiguous brochures that are handed out, the manner in which customer service operates, and the way in which the program is run is all about deception. You are led to believe you are getting one thing when, in fact, they are setting you up for punishing charges.
I find it shocking that a company like GE puts their good reputation on the line by operating this fraud. The executives of GE Money Bank should be investigated for wrongdoing and thrown in jail. This is a total scam. Hopefully there is a class action lawsuit or some other way to end the fraudulent activity of this company!
EL PASO, TEXAS -- To whom it may concern: The purpose of this letter is to file a formal complaint on CareCredit for "TERMINATING PROMOTIONAL INTEREST FREE OFFER" without proper notification. (violation of statue 226.7 of the CCPA). I accepted this credit card only for dental services, with a 12 month term ending 3/11/2010. On the acceptance letter attached to the credit card I received by mail, there was no indication of a cut off time for payment due date. The minimum payment was from $20 to $30 dollars due on the 4th. I paid always around the 15th of the previous month, for the payment due the next month on the 4th and always paid $100 monthly.
In September 2009, I posted my payment on the 4th at 7pm. Not knowing that in the statement in very small letters on the left hand side under "account information" stated "payment due by 5pm", (this note has been moved now after the February/2010 credit amendment, to the right hand side IN BIG LETTERS under payment information). The following month when I see a late charge on the statement, I called and was informed of such clause. I sent a letter of complaint and received a month later a generic letter with a denial for my request to have the late fee reversed.
No other notification of change in terms for my account Then to my shocking surprise on the December 2009 statement, they added $209.35 finance charge. I called and was advised that because the issue with the September statement my promotional "no interest" offer was terminated. I asked why I was not properly informed of such change and they replied that a letter was sent in November. There was no such letter and this is another scam from this credit card company.
I requested to close my account immediately and I will pay off the remaining balance $439.99, that same day as long as the reversed that finance charge. The supervisor I spoke with ** stated he did not have the authority to reverse the charge, that I will have to send my request in writing. There was no other manager or director that could speak with me. I sent a letters that was answered again by a generic response. Stating they regret to inform me that the charges could not be reversed. Never received a courtesy phone call from a human, in order to discuss this matter.
A formal complaint was filed on the Consumer Protection website # **. I paid off the balance on 2/15/2010 before the end of the 12 month contract 3/11/2010. I will continue to fight this fraudulent charge on my account and will file a lawsuit on small claims court if necessary. By the way, last week I did receive a phone call from somewhere in India, asking if I wanted to make a phone payment on the remaining balance. I told the representative to write down on his comment for the call, that I will be filing a legal action against CareCredit and NO PAYMENT!!
I've used Care Credit twice so far. I paid the monthly payments online with 100% success. I was charged no interest because I adhered to the agreements. There were two instances where I needed to speak with someone on the phone. Both were great experiences with nice, well-spoken people.
The first person happily took off the extra optional insurance charge for me. The second person was very kind when I explained I had made a payment late due to a death in the family and she assured me everything would be fine with the account, which it was. I am now ready to borrow again for my family's eye care. If you are honest and responsible, this company is tried and true and just right for you!
There are a number of problems with CareCredit, (CC), none of which parent company, GE, apparently cares to change or address, so consumers beware. The premise of this card is based on whatever CC program your medical/dental/veterinary provider has chosen to participate in. For example, one doctor's office may provide patients a CC plan to charge balances of $300 or more at 0% interest for 18 months. Another office may offer it patients a CC plan of 0% interest for 6 months on charges of $1,500 or more.
At the end of those 0% interest periods, your rate on outstanding balances reverts to whatever astronomical percentage CareCredit has put in place. But the material point is that the CareCredit plan available to patients will differ from one provider to another. This may sound very attractive if you know you will be able to pay the balances in full by the end of the 0 & interest periodsit certainly did to mebut it is also tied to the first issue with CareCredit: How the payments are applied.
If you have multiple charges from multiple providers, all with different plans, you better be keeping track of your payments because CC may not be applying them as you would like. Another complaint on this site alluded to repeatedly contacting the company regarding the reallocation of payments: That is precisely what you will have to do if you want your payment applied to, for instance, the $1,500 balance coming due in 6 months as opposed to the $300 balance coming due in 18 months.
This in itself is a total pain, but making it even more enjoyable is that you get to deal with the unbelievably rude and obnoxious customer service (for want of a better term) staff. These people must have received special instruction on how to enrage their customers in as short a time span as possible.
I've never encountered anything like it before: No apologies for any confusion, no explanations for anything outside of scripted responseswhich they will repeat ad nauseam until you find yourself wanting to scream. There is quite obviously no incentive program in place for CC reps to even ponder customer satisfaction or the lack thereof. And before I go any further, let me just offer the fact that I AM in customer service so I feel totally justified in my criticisms.
Now let's get to the available credit portion of my review. If you set up an electronic payment for any amount of $500 or more, (I'm not certain, but this may also apply to large payments by check), you will see your bank account debited and the payment will be reflected as having been received by CareCredit, but YOUR AVAILABLE BALANCE WILL NOT INCREASE BY THE AMOUNT OF THAT PAYMENT FOR 10 BUSINESS DAYS.
So, using my balance figure examples above, if I pay the entire $1,800 balance by electronic transfer, my available credit will still be minus that $1,800 for the next 10 business daysdespite the fact that CareCredit has acknowledged receipt of payment by actually posting the payment to my account. So if you are using CareCredit for ongoing medical care, this becomes a major problem: You think you are paying balances owed in a timely fashion so funds will be available for your followup visit to the doctor butSurprise! you find that it just isn't the case, and you're left digging out your VISA card.
I always thought I was a fairly smart consumer: This experience definitely proved me wrong on that score! Bottom line--if something sounds too good to be true, it is. Walk away... very quickly. I've closed my account with CareCredit and hopefully, I'm the wiser for the experience.