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    Default Quebec couple hit with $90,000 bill after harrowing birth in dominican republic

    She traveled way past when it's safe to fly pregnant, and now looks for sympathy.

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    QUEBEC COUPLE HIT WITH $90,000 BILL AFTER HARROWING BIRTH IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

    CAMILLE LAURIN-DESJARDINS | QMI AGENCY

    MONTREAL - A sunshine sojourn became a financial nightmare for a young Montreal-area couple whose daughter's premature birth in the Dominican Republic cost $90,000.

    "We knew that having a girl would be expensive, but not that expensive," Valerie Gelinas, 29, quipped while cradling her month-old daughter at their home in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Quebec.

    She and her partner, Jean-Francois Bussiere-Bourdages, booked five days in the Dominican with their 18-month-old toddler in mid-December. Gelinas was 33 weeks pregnant.

    The day after they landed, Gelinas began to have contractions. They went to a clinic and had an ultrasound.

    "Everyone spoke Spanish, and no one answered my questions...I panicked," Gelinas said.

    Then her water broke and the doctor ordered her to a hospital in Santo Domingo, three hours away.

    "We had to pay US$20,000 before they agreed to call an ambulance," the baby's father said.

    They made the three-hour drive and were shocked when they arrived.

    "We were in a kind of basement, it really didn't look like a hospital," Gelinas recalled. "I was afraid I'd been caught in organ trafficking!"

    She had a C-section the next morning, Dec. 15. Her baby girl, Oceane, weighed 5 lbs. and was immediately placed in an incubator.

    "They told us she should stay at least a month before flying," Bussiere-Bourdages said.

    He instead called a Montreal air-ambulance service and received terrifying news.

    "When we contacted Sky Service, they advised us to come back as soon as possible, that (Oceane's) life could be in danger," he said.

    The parents only hugged their girl for the first time when they arrived back in Montreal. Now they're trying to get the Quebec health system to reimburse them for their Caribbean nightmare.

    Their bill is $90,000, including $40,000 for the air ambulance.

    "We're not rich," Bussiere-Bourdages said. "We borrowed left and right, we're in debt."

    But he can see the silver lining.

    "At least...our baby is healthy."

    Sun News : Quebec couple hit with $90,000 bill after harrowing birth in Dominican Republic

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    Too much unsubstanciated costs.
    This story has a huge problem.
    I ain't buying in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    foolish people....traveling on a plane when your baby is due very soon....What were they thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Criss Colon View Post
    Too much unsubstanciated costs.
    This story has a huge problem.
    I ain't buying in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    cccccccccccccccccccc
    The numbers sound ridiculous - I can't help wondering if the hospital bill is pesos instead of dollars. And $20,000USD for an ambulance from Bavaro to SD? Just doesn't sound right.

    Most docs say not to fly after 7 months, what was she thinking???

    I do believe the $40K for an air ambulance, they're ridiculously expensive.

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    They're ridiculous for flying when 33 weeks pregnant and with a toddler. Why should the Quebec government have to pay for that stupid choice???

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    90k pesos is about a regular dominican price for a c-section in a provincial hospital. no hospital in SD will charge a gringo this little.

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    I believe there is something out there called travel insurance...

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    They maybe wanted to save expenses for travel insurance. Don't forget, they are from Quebec

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    I doubt travel insurance would cover the cost of a birth, let alone one with complications, if insurance was purchased at 33 weeks pregnant. They made a really stupid choice and now they're paying for it.

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    The fault lies with them, they screwed up and they will have to pay for it. Even if they bought travel insurance 33 weeks pregnant nullifies the contract.

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