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LAST UPDATED: November 15th, 2023

CareCredit, from Synchrony Financial, provides financing solutions for medical expenses in multiple industries. Founded in 1987, the company knows its way around healthcare financing and has an established network of 225,000 health providers and retail locations. 

CareCredit provides medical credit cards that can be used for multiple purposes, such as going to the dentist's office or a routine checkup for those who are low on cash. Card holders can use this medical credit card to pay for deductibles, copays, and prescriptions that aren't covered by insurance.

Continue reading for a complete review of CareCredit.

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The Good

  • Range of Services
  • Large Medical Provider Network
  • Easy Application Process
  • Authorized User Option
  • Promotional Financing Options
  • Account Management Tool
  • CareCredit Mobile App

Range of Services

The CareCredit credit card can be used as a payment option for out-of-pocket costs that aren't covered by medical insurance. CareCredit also provides special financing options that customers might not get with other cards, and helps patients pay for medical care that may exceed insurance coverage. The credit card can be used for a wide range of services:

  • Animal/pet card
  • Chiropractic
  • Cosmetic
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Fitness
  • Hearing
  • Hospitals and surgical centers
  • Labs and diagnostics
  • Med equipment/supplies
  • Pharmacies/personal care
  • Primary care/clinics
  • Sleep
  • Spa
  • Specialists
  • Vision
  • Weight loss

Large Medical Provider Network

With a network of over 200,000 medical providers, patients have plenty of options to choose from when using their CareCredit credit card. This is very important, as members shouldn't feel limited to only a few options for their medical needs. CareCredit strives to have multiple network options for each customer so they can choose a provider best suited to their needs. Members can search for providers online with CareCredit's "Find a Doctor" tool - search by zip code, profession, or doctor name, gives members the options for their specific needs.

Easy Application Process

CareCredit makes applying for a card as simple as possible. Most people can feel very overwhelmed when it comes to healthcare financing. However, CareCredit helps with this stress. Simply apply online, and wait for credit approval. Once approved, you can begin using your CareCredit card immediately. CareCredit will then send you monthly statements, keeping you up to date on your transactions and account.

Authorized User Option

You can add an authorized user to your CareCredit account through through your online account or by calling the company's Customer Care Center.

Promotional Financing Options

CareCredit offers both short-term financing and long-term healthcare financing. A great benefit to using CareCredit for your healthcare financing needs is its promotional financing options, which give you more payment plan options to choose from. 

If you choose to make your payment in full within 6, 12, 18, or 24 months, you can select a payment plan with 0 percent interest. Otherwise, you can pay 14.9 percent APR until paid in full (equal fixed monthly payments required).

Account Management Tool

On the CareCredit website, the management tool can be used to make payments, review your account, see transactions, and update personal information all online. The company will mail you, or email you, monthly statements, but members can also see their account at any time online. 

In addition, CareCredit has a dedicated customer service number for cardholders and one for providers. 

CareCredit Mobile App

Another resource CareCredit provides is the CareCredit Mobile App. Members can pay bills and view all necessary healthcare financing information from the palm of their hand. 

The mobile app is currently available for both iOS and Android users.


The Bad

  • No Rate Ranges
  • Not Accepted by all Healthcare Providers

No Rate Ranges

CareCredit has set rates for certain purchase amounts. While this provides predictability, there is no option to lower your rate based on your credit score and payment responsibility. CareCredit's rates are as follows:

  • Purchases of $1,000 or more — 24 months offer with a 14.90% APR, 36 months offer with a 15.90% APR, or 48 months offer with a 16.90% APR
  • Purchases of $2,500 or more — 60 months offer with a 17.90% APR

If you don't pay off debt during the introductory, promotional period, you could get hit with higher interest rates.

Not Accepted by all Healthcare Providers

While CareCredit does have a large network, the CareCredit credit card is not accepted by all healthcare providers. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your medical providers accept CareCredit before applying.


The Bottom Line

CareCredit has a lot of experience in the healthcare lenders industry and has a lot of features that make patients' lives easier. CareCredit's simple application process and online portal makes it relatively easy for members to use. CareCredit works hard to make sure its customers can get the medical care they need as its medical credit card can be used for a broad range of services. 

Potential members should be aware that CareCredit isn't a finance company and only offers the healthcare credit card to those seeking help with their medical bills. If you are looking for medical assistance with dental expenses, vision, veterinary care, purchase of hearing aids, or cosmetic surgeries, CareCredit is a reputable choice.

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Currently, CareCredit reviews are limited. If you have used CareCredit's credit card for medical expenses, please tell us about your experience by leaving a review.

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Gina Ellis ME

I was pressured to except the CareCredit account from Aspen Dental. They charged the account without my consent. I reported it as fraud. I got an email more than a month later saying I was responsible for the charges because I benefited. I have receipts for the payments where my insurance company paid for the only work I had completed. How can they not consider charging for work already paid for not to be fraud?

5 months ago

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Elizabeth Bushen Fort Knox, KY

I had to get care credit for my puppy that originally got sick with Parvo, and then a few weeks later jumped off the couch and broke his leg. Snapped in half. Took him to the emergency vet who said the pup would require surgery, but would need to pay a $500 deposit, and the surgery estimate would be another $3,000+. It was either pay the vet and fix the dog, or put the dog to sleep. I couldn’t stand doing that to my kids, so I ended up getting the care credit credit card. This has been the worst mistake ever. The 6 month promotional balance ended on the $500 just yesterday and all of a sudden I look at my bill and there is a $91.31 interest charge added to it, which was up from $35.91 paid the previous month! I paid the required amount every month, but it seemed they applied most of the payment to the surgery bill and not the promotional amount of $500, because there was still $330.13 left on the promotion balance, and $2605.02 left on a $3672.34 initial purchase amount. Freaking scammers. I can’t wait to pay this crap off and get rid of them for good.

4 years ago

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Gina P Sloatsburg, NY

ZERO STARS! Worst Card EVER! ONLY use this card for my dogs vet bills. The last 2 times I've used it, the card was declined. The first time it was declined cause I owed $12 with available credit of $2,700. Call, the automated system, tells me all is good. Go to run it again. DECLINED! I call to speak to a rep. I had to pay the $12, bringing my balance to 0, to use the card. Today, 8/9 I am at the vets again, run the card. DECLINED! This time I have an outstanding balance of $7 due on 8/22..I call, they tell me I need to pay the $7 bringing my balance to 0..BUT can NOT use my card for the next 48 hours!!!!!! Are you kidding me?!? DONE DONE DONE! I will NEVER use this company/card again, NOR to I recommend this card! Horrible!

4 years ago

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Rhonda lou Fenn Sheboygan, WI

Got a letter in the mail saying they closed my account because of inactivity, yes I haven't used the card in a year, I was waiting to get enough money to add to the limit on my card for a surgery. So upset... I will let everyone know what kind of people these are...

4 years ago

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Angela Galloway, OH

Worst credit card company. They kept lowering my credit limit each time i made a late payment (even after a single day) by half the value. This would ruin my credit score. They have high interest rates so it takes forever to pay off. Read All the reviews before signing up for care credit.

4 years ago

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Wilhelm Karl Drummer Salt Lake City, UT

Interest free advertised, they are charging me $100 on a $240 payment in interest

5 years ago