A Canadian Woman Had an Emergency C-Section During a Hawaiian Vacation. Will She Go Bankrupt Because of It?
Blue Cross apparently still denying people due to “pre existing conditions”. Don’t many get bladder infections due to pregnancy, and can pregnancy really be considered a pre-existing condition?
Last November, Saskatchewan resident Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel left for Hawaii with her husband, Darren. She was six months pregnant.
She had consulted with her doctor before the trip and purchased travel insurance, according to Canadian media reports. But her water broke a few days into the vacation, and Huculak-Kimmel was put on bed rest. Six weeks later, on Dec. 10, her daughter, Reece, arrived.
Now, Huculak-Kimmel has a baby girl, who is approaching her first birthday. She also has an unexpected $950,000 medical bill, which might leave her family bankrupt.
“Blue Cross said that because I had a bladder infection at four months and hemorrhaged because of that, that they would not cover the pregnancy,” Huculak-Kimmel told the CBC. “We thought we had done everything right. We thought we had covered all avenues and we thought we were covered. We thought we were safe to go.”