WINNIPEG – The story we told you first on Wednesday – about the Sprague, Manitoba man facing a $118,000 medical bill for emergency surgery in the US – is not an isolated case.
Another person from Sprague, Verna Kittleson, has already mortgaged her home and dipped into RRSP’s to cover a $100,000 bill.
Verna had heart problems back in July 2015 when the NDP was still in power.
She was diagnosed with conjestive heart failure in Roseau, Minnesota and found a cardiologist at Roseau Hospital that was covered by Manitoba Health.
She was sent to Grand Forks for treatment.
The pattern here is that once you go to Grand Forks, Manitoba Health refuses to pay.
“I was under the impression and I was told by Manitoba Health that as long as a doctor refers me, Manitoba Health would cover,” Kittleson told Global News. “When you’re waiting to get in and you see a cardiologist and you go for an echo and they tell you to get to the hospital, you don’t even think about who’s paying. I just assumed.”
So far, the province has not commented.
The agreement signed between the province and Alltru Medical in the US pertains to two hospitals in Minnesota, not North Dakota, although there is a provision in the agreement for the doctor to make the call about where to send patients.