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.
DRAPER, UTAH -- This is the most USELESS operation I think I have ever experienced. I applied for this credit with a credit score of 720 in which I think is very good for this day and age. And it asked for the amount that I needed to borrow which was $3400. After I hit the go link, I was automatically approved. All good. But it only gave me a $800 credit. Now my credit is in the good range and I told it the amount that I needed but it chopped 30 points off my credit which puts me into the average in credit score and all for nothing. The card is useless to me and now my credit score is butchered.
So I call to cancel this useless card. Now they say that it could affect my credit score as a bad creditor and butcher yet more points. This is by far the worst line of credit for medical there is and definitely a disaster to your credit. So if you have a miracle doctor that still only charges a few bucks for visits or a dentist that's under $1000 that you can use then maybe this is good for you. BUT if you have a perfect credit then you won't need these crooks. Stay away from these crooks.
This is an open letter to anyone interested in open a Care Credit account. Simply do not do it. My fiancée had to get some dental work done, which was not covered by insurance at the time. So the dentist offered her a Care Credit card with should be paid in full over the course of a 12 month period. Well what they do not tell you is how ** terrible their services really are; after “paying” online for the first 3 months through their website; it turns out none of those payments ever went through; so she incurred $125 in late payment charges for the first 3 months, taking her original payment from $504 to $650.
Over the course of the next 4 months from January until now she has paid $100 a month for the last 4 months. Her bill in January was $554. For Feb was $454. For Mar was $254 and paid. It was down to $154 and now this month it's back to its original cost of $504.
These people are shady and need to be investigated with a lawsuit of fair practices and debt collection. They literally add on a $10 or $11 charge every time you call them to make a payment since their web service sucks so bad. On top of that the “No interest charge” is a ** lie since they will charge you interest on everything that is not the original payment. "Oh you have a late payment." HAHAHA INTEREST. "Oh you called us about your account." HAHAHAHA INTEREST. We have sent in our bank statements to prove that we have paid the last 4 months without being late, and they “HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEM”.
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.
TEXAS -- My son ended up needing a lot of dental work (he has prenatal issues with his baby teeth). My dentist scared me into using CareCredit to finance it (I later changed dentists and discovered this one was charging exorbitant prices too). I have been making on time payments for almost 4 years now on this. I financed $2.5k and I have now paid over $3.2k and the balance is still well over $2k. It should have come down almost $1k and it hasn't even come down $500.
WHITE PLAINS, GEORGIA -- I have been using Care Credit for about 8 years now and I have never had an issue with them. I have had over $8,000 worth of dental work over the years and Care Credit has been a life saver for me. I have only had to call once to increase my credit line and the representative was friendly and helpful. If you read the contract, pay like you are supposed to, you will not have a problem with this company.
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!
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 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 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!!!
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!