What would you do if you are billed $1 Million in medical expenses and your insurance company refuses to cover any of the medical expenses? This is precisely what happened to a Canadian couple vacationing in Hawaii. Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel was 6 month pregnant when she went on a vacation to Hawaii. However, pregnancy complications landed her in the US hospital only two days into her holiday. According to the hospital sources, six weeks stay and emergency care of the mother and her child cost exactly $950K in expenses.
On contacting her insurance company, Blue Cross Canada, Jennifer was shocked to hear that the insurance provider refused to cover her medical bills claiming that the patient had bladder infections at four months, which ultimately caused pregnancy complications during the birth. Interestingly, Jennifer says that she had consulted her doctor and the medical team before going to the vacation, and they had given her a clean sheet without raising any alarms.
Health policy analysts such as Steven Lewis in Saskatoon is also surprised at the lack of response from Blue Cross insisting that insurance should cover Jennifer bills if she is telling the truth. Yet, it seems that Jennifer will remain stuck in Hawaii for much longer than anticipated because her plea to provide her safe passage to Canada are going unnoticed. Recently, she was also denied air ambulance on medical grounds and business expenses by emergency response companies such as Medevac.
Big thanks to ‘friend of CHCanada’ Andrew Heiberger for alerting us of this story.