"It was fast… I ended up with a really low interest rate – way better than if I’d used my credit card"
John - Patient, Tacoma, WA
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did some lenders deny me, even though I have good credit?
Every lender has different criteria for approving loan applications and they’re looking for different customers so they offer different interest rates to encourage more or less of a certain profile of customer. That’s why Parasail Select approves more people than any single lender or medical credit card because we have partnered with lenders who specialize in loans for different kinds of people. So it’s very common to be denied a loan not because your credit is not good enough, but because you may not be the customer that the lender is looking for.
Does applying affect my credit or FICO score?
No. The Parasail Select applications uses what is called a “soft pull” on your credit, which does not show up on your credit report. When you select the loan you want and are then transferred to the lender’s site to complete the loan setup, the lender may subsequently do a “hard pull” to verify that the information in your application is accurate. If the lender does this, they will disclose it and ask for your approval to do so.
What’s a “fixed rate” loan? And why is it better?
Credit cards use what’s called “variable interest rates” which means that the interest rate you pay changes over time based on several factors. These can be anything from whether you made a late payment, to whether you paid your full balance within a certain period of time, to what Federal Reserve set interest rates at recently. This means that you could pay a lot more later on in your repayment period than you’d planned. A “fixed rate” loan means that the rate will never change. No matter what. Late payments, changing interest rates by the government, etc., won’t affect the amount you have to pay each month.
Can I use a Parasail Select loan at any doctors office or hospital?
Yes. When you initiate a loan through one of the Parasail Select partners, the money you borrow will be transferred directly to your bank account. From there, you can pay your practice, doctor or hospital directly.
Are Parasail Select loans only able to be used for elective procedures?
You can use the funds from a Parasail Select loan for any procedure, but we encourage you to look into our Parasail ProPatient Plan if you have out-of-pocket medical expenses from a non-elective procedure. We are usually able to partner with doctors, practices and hospitals to offer patients a 0% interest payment plan for out-of-pocket costs that your insurer didn’t cover sufficiently. Parasail Select loans are usually used as a better alternative to medical credit cards or single-lender options typically offered by cosmetic practices, dentists and other elective specialties.
I’m in the application process and I’m confused. Help!
Our customer success managers can usually help you complete the application process. Just tap the red circle button on the lower right of any screen to contact us by Live Chat. Or you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800-604-0370.