BC Travel Insurance News
A Sunshine Coast couple, Mike and Arleathea Gojevic, faced a financial disaster during their vacation in Las Vegas. After Mike was hospitalized and enlisted for a lung transplant, the couple had up to $140,000 in medical expenses to pay.
Just before traveling to Las Vegas in February to celebrate Arleathea’s birthday, Mike had a bad cold and an x-ray suggested that he had pneumonia. As a result, the doctor prescribed a 10-day antibiotics course to him and cleared him to go for vacation.
While almost close to Las Vegas, the 53-year-old started having difficulty breathing. Mike was administered oxygen while on the plane and paramedics met him on the jet runway. Thereafter, he was taken to Desert Springs hospital in Las Vegas. Being an insurance adjustor, Gojevic instructed his wife to make sure that One World Assist, their insurer knew they were in the hospital.
Gojevic’s condition could not be diagnosed after spending 10 days in the hospital and being attended by several doctors. Furthermore, One World Assist confirmed his coverage with them to the hospital through fax, little did the couple knew they would have a problem with the coverage.
Thereafter, the couple was flown home through B.C. Air Ambulance and then he was told that he wasn’t suffering from pneumonia but rather a critical lung disease known as pulmonary fibrosis. One World Assist denied the couple’s claim, stating that he was being treated for a pre-existing condition.
One World Assist also denied the claim after Gojevic appealed their decision. Artletha wrote that her world was ripped apart in just one night. However, after months, One World Assist reconsidered the claim, stating that the claim was not actually payable but that it is doing it on compassionate ground.
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