Aussie couple on hook for $70,000 health bill after insurance snafu

The avid snowboarders were at Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson, B.C., when 39-year-old Pointer suffered the sort of crash they’d feared most — and had purchased travel insurance to cover, just in case.

For Australian tourist Ross Pointer, a dream holiday to Western Canada has proven to be one major pain in the posterior — literally and financially.

Along with a nasty, eight-inch-long rail of stitches on his right buttock, the result of a near-fatal snowboard collision with a old tree stump, Pointer and his partner are saddled with more than $70,000 in medical bills, after their insurance claim was denied.

“Obviously, I’m kicking myself for not reading it more carefully,” said Kalindra McColl, Pointer’s common-law spouse and travel partner.

The nightmare started four weeks ago, as the Aussie couple was exploring Western Canada, an extended vacation that had already taken them as far north as Alaska and throughout B.C. and the Rockies.

The avid snowboarders were at Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson, B.C., when 39-year-old Pointer suffered the sort of crash they’d feared most — and had purchased travel insurance to cover, just in case.

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