This is just a heads up to any foreigners who are thinking about vacationing in the United States: don’t do it. You’re risking your financial future.
This is a cold truth that Canadian Jennifer Huculak found out the hardway. Huculak flew the Hawaii six months pregnant for a vacation with her husband. Two days into their 2013 trip, though, her water broke. She spent the next six weeks in bed rest, and her daughter wound up being delivered via emergency C-section.
Americans know immediately where this is going. Their daughter is now about a year old, and the couple are healthy, as is their daughter, and their medical bills. In fact, their medical bills are hale to the tune of $950,000.
Best healthcare system in the world, dontcha know.
Speaking to CTV News, Huculak said that it “It makes you sick to your stomach. Who can pay a million-dollar medical bill? Who can afford that?”
Let me be the first to sincerely welcome you the United States, Jennifer. As a Michigander, I feel especially close to our Canadian brethren — you give us your garbage, after all.
The couple had purchased travel insurance through Blue Cross before they started their vacation, but the insurance company maintains that Huculak’s previous pregnancy complications — a bladder infection at four months — amounted to a pre-existing condition, so her medical expenses won’t be covered. The insurance company also maintains that the plan they bought before traveling in the United States expired while they were in Hawaii.
Jennifer told CBC News that she thought she did everything right, and is frustrated with Blue Cross as a result. She even got her doctor’s permission beforehand.
Her story isn’t unusual; it’s not out-of-the-ordinary for visitors to the United States to accrue huge medical expenses as a result of a health condition they suffer while they’re here. A large part of this is because the system is all sorts of confused, since there’s no idea how travel insurance plans work in practice. She isn’t the first, and unless Europeans and Canadians get the clue that this is not a country you want to visit, she won’t be the last.
The price of giving birth, however — that’s a different ball park all together. It’s often times just cheaper to have an abortion; giving birth in the United States costs more than anywhere else in the world, and while the price varies by up to tens of thousands of dollars depending on the hospital, higher costs don’t correlate to better care for American mothers — as the Huculaks found out the hard way. The couple is currently trying to decide if they want to fight Blue Cross over the bills or if they want to declare bankruptcy .
That she has a huge medical bill is a sign of how lucky she is. If she had miscarried — a high likelihood given how early she gave birth — and she’d traveled to a less left-wing state, she might be in jail.
Americans are generally hospitable people to guests. America, however, is utterly inhospitable. And with the election of Sodom’s children, the Austerity Party, it’s only going to get worse.