Patel and her now 11-month-old baby are now healthy and back at home in India. But the family received an unpleasant surprise after returning home: their bill for their care at the Hawaiian hospital totaled ₹5,50,50,250.
Patel told us that she had bought Blue Cross insurance before her trip and she had been cleared for travel by her doctor. However, she says Blue Cross is refusing to pay any of her hospital costs, claiming the woman had a pre-existing condition.
“It makes you sick to your stomach. Who can pay a million-dollar medical bill? Who can afford that?” Patel told CTV News.