An Australian couple were billed an astonishing $1 million after giving birth to their daughter in Vancouver, Canada. Although John Kan and Rachel Evans had taken out travel insurance and extra coverage for Evans’ pregnancy, they failed to realize that the policy would not cover the birth or the baby.
Evans went into premature labor as they were on their way to return to Australia at the airport. The couple ended up staying at a nearby Women’s Hospital and Health Center for three months and ended up accumulating a bill for $1 million for their period of stay. It’s been reported by the Australian media that the couple accepted the bill issued and have negotiated a $300 monthly payment plan which will take approximately 278 years to pay off.
I’m just wondering if the life expectancy of the average human was considered when this payment plan was put in place. It’s been reported that Australia’s foreign ministry and department of Health could offer to pay the bill upon doing further investigation.
The couple however seems not be be worried about the bill as Evans tells the Herald Sun newspaper the following, “Financially, it’s not so good but you can’t put a price on it,” she told the newspaper.
Evans said she is grateful for any help the government might be able to provide. “We don’t feel our mistake was someone else’s responsibility but obviously it is quite a large amount so any assistance we can get would be helpful.”
Australian residents can get treatments deemed medically with 11 countries; however Canada is not one of those countries, hence leading to the large enormous bill.