A Canadian family reportedly drove home from the US with a relative's dead body in the car to avoid the high cost of American healthcare

Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe US-Canada border on February 25, 2017, in Saint Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec.
  • A man in his 60s and his mother drove across the border into Quebec from Vermont with the corpse of the man’s father in the car on Sunday, local media reported.
  • Paramedics found that the man had been dead for at least two days, according to the Journal De Montreal; the family had reportedly been driving to Canada from Florida.
  • The Canadian family reportedly said they didn’t want to want to stop to use the American healthcare system or deal with repatriating the body from the US to Canada because of the high costs.
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The police in Canada are investigating after a family attempted to drive across the border into Quebec from Vermont with a corpse in their vehicle.

The Quebec police told the Montreal Gazette that they stopped a van carrying a man in his 60s, his mother, and his dead father at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Paramedics reportedly found that the man had been dead for at least two days, and Canada’s CTV cited the family as saying the high costs of the American healthcare system had prompted them to continue on to Canada after a trip to Florida.

The father, who was reportedly in his 80s, is believed to have died of a heart attack. There were no signs of violence, and the family has not been publicly identified.

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Jean-Pierre Fortin, the president of Canada’s Customs and Immigration Union, told the Journal De Montreal it was “very rare” to see a corpse at border crossings.

Paramedics first transferred the body to Ormstown Memorial Hospital, where the man was confirmed dead, and later taken to a morgue in Montreal.

According to data from Allianz Global Assistance Canada reported by CTV News last year, 78% of Canadians get travel insurance when going on vacation.

Dan Keon, the vice president of market management at Allianz, told CTV that even treatment for a sprained ankle could cost a Canadian without travel insurance about $US2,000 at an American hospital.

“More serious injuries requiring surgery or hospital stays, such as those resulting from auto collisions, will also increase medical costs considerably and possibly into the tens of thousands of dollars,” he said last year.

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