A Canadian woman was billed almost $1 million when she gave birth prematurely while on vacation in Hawaii. Saskatchewan native Jennifer Huculak and her husband were vacationing when she went into labor prematurely. Although they had bought travel insurance, she was handed a bill for almost $1 million after the child was born because the insurance company refused to pay. That turned her dream vacation into a financial nightmare. According to an article in mirror.co.uk, the baby girl had to be hospitalized for more than 2 months and the mother was billed $950,000.
Jennifer Huculak had gotten permission from her doctor to travel even though she was 6 months pregnant. Before she left for her trip, she purchased Blue Cross insurance as a precaution. Her baby girl was born 9 weeks early and required emergency care. Blue Cross refused to pay any of the bills because she had a pre-existing condition the company said. They say she had been diagnosed as having a high-risk pregnancy and therefore her expenses are not covered under her policy.
Mrs. Huculak disputes this. She said she developed a bladder infection and it led to bleeding. Her specialist in Saskatchewan wrote to Blue Cross to explain that the bladder infection didn’t lead to the early labor. Huculak is trying to decide if she should fight Blue Cross, file bankruptcy or it and see what will happen next.
This story is something I’ll be relaying to my buddy Zeca Oliveira before he heads back to Brazil for his interview in Terra. Watch out when you travel guys.