Your bags are checked and ready to go. You’ve lined up the hotel, car rental, activities and the oh-so-hard-to-get dinner reservations. Your newspaper is cancelled, bank notified and the neighbours will check on your place. But what are you forgetting?
For many Canadians travelling within the country this summer, purchasing travel insurance won’t even cross their minds. And why would it? With national healthcare and reciprocal coverage between provinces, it’s easy to simply think that should an emergency come up, it’ll just be covered.
But one pregnant Alberta woman is learning a very expensive lesson that not everything transfers over so easily. Although cleared by a doctor to travel, she unexpectedly gave birth while out of her home province. And while her daughter was born healthy and safe, hospital officials served her with bills for services not covered by her provincial insurance — to the tune of up to $30,000.