I can't speak to other pet insurance companies' practices, as I've never used them. I can say, though, that my experience with Embrace has been really very pleasant, with fast turnaround times on claims and good communication to keep me informed of every step of the process. They've been very helpful, often asking the vet to fax add'l info to them when needed, rather than having me do it. Claims are paid at 80% after the yearly deductible, and the wait time for check-in-hand is only about 2 weeks from initial claim submission. I've had human health insurance claims that took longer! I'm a very pleased customer and would recommend Embrace to anyone.