A $1 million hospital bill for anyone sounds outrageous, but one mother from Canada was recently slapped with this massive bill after giving birth during her U.S. vacation. Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel was only six months pregnant when she suddenly was forced to have a premature birth via C-section in Hawaii. Now, the woman is reportedly being charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees from the hospital, Salon News reveals this Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and many are saying the new mom’s situation simply isn’t just.
The costly price may be every patient’s nightmare, but a $1 million hospital bill was all too real for a Canadian mother, Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel. The woman was six months pregnant when she found herself giving birth during their Hawaii vacation due to an unexpected infection, which was supposed to be a brief getaway before beginning the wonderful but daunting task of motherhood.
Huculak-Kimmel said that she and her husband, named Darren, were very careful in making all necessary health preparations before heading down south to the U.S. state for a little fun under the sun. Having checked out local hospitals, getting approval from her medical doctor, and even conferring with Blue Cross insurance, the pregnant mother to-be said she was ready.
As it often does, however, life had different plans, and the Canadian woman’s water broke in the middle of their vacation. The mom-to-be was rushed to the hospital for an emergency procedure, a C-section, and gave birth prematurely to her baby daughter, named Reece. Yet the resulting stay in the Hawaii hospital, which turned out to be longer than expected, apparently resulted in her getting slapped with the $1 million bill.
“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 said. “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.”
As mentioned by the new mother, notes News Max this afternoon, a surprise infection served as a “loophole” in which the Blue Cross insurance agency was thus not required to pay due to Huculak-Kimmel being out of the country (in the U.S.) at the time. Her resulting bill amounted to over $ 1 million dollars in total, with $950,000 in hospital bills alone, $40,000 for transport services, and other included fees that involved neonatal baby care and extended stay charges.
The anxious family slapped with the bill says that her local insurance is only footing $20,000, and the U.S. is offering to pay even less than that. Now, she is left with over $918,000 in bills, and the woman says she, her husband, and their new baby daughter baby Reece are at a loss of what to do. She says it is simply too expensive to comprehend, let alone actually pay.
“We don’t know what to do,” Huculak-Kimmel shared with a media outlet. “We can’t afford to pay a million-dollar medical bill. We can go deeper into debt and try to fight Blue Cross. We can wait and declare bankruptcy on the bill, which is no good for anybody. But we don’t have very many options.”
Do you have any response to this $1 million hospital bill case for this mother’s premature birth via C-section? At least one lawyer from Canada, Scott Stanley, is saying that the inundated couple should not be charged the outrageous price. Many users on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been quick to agree with his points.
“What I typically counsel people to do is to not pay the bills, depending on their circumstances, because I have yet to see a big health authority come into Canada to try and enforce and collect.”