On October 1, a lone gunman opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds.
 
Four of the dead were Canadians, while at least a half dozen more were listed among the injured. One of them, Ryan Sarazzin of Camrose, racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and his family were fundraising to bring him home to Canada.
 
"A gun wound can run up to $10,000 an hour in the States for surgery," noted travel insurance specialist Tania Johnson of Centre Street Insurance in Drumheller. "If you times $10,000 by four,  you're already up to $40,000 and that's not including your prescriptions, your nursing, your room in the States and any of that kind of stuff."
 
She added Alberta Health Care only pays $100 per day for hospital visits in the US, which doesn't go very far considering nothing is free and everything is expensive.
 
"You wouldn't believe the amount of people that come in the day before a long weekend, they're going to the States and they didn't get their policy," stated Johnson. "There are a lot of people who don't get travel insurance and they really don't realize how cheap it can be and how expensive a claim can be."
 
Johnson said she has personally paid out $130,000 to cover the bills of a man who suffered a heart attack while visiting south of the border. He was fully insured.
 
"If you have pre-existing conditions, if you think you are at a slightly higher risk, there are definitely policies out for that as well," she advised. "If you think travel insurance policy is expensive and you don't want to pay the premium, tack on a deductible; at least you have some coverage in place."

More Local News

Man Van attracts local attention

The Man Van came to Drumheller on Thursday and a lot of area men turned out to see them.

Food recall hits packaged vegetables

It's not always healthy to eat your vegetables.

Chamber of Commerce elects three new members

The Drumheller Chamber of Commerce held a general meeting on Oct. 18. At the meeting, they filled three board positions that had been vacated since the Chamber's Annual General Meeting in March 2017.

Salvation Army food bank brimming after donations

Last week, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) was on the road picking up food collected by area schools for the Salvation Army's food bank.

Excellent Turnout for the Business Excellence Awards Gala

On Oct. 18, Drumheller business owners gathered at the Badlands Community Facility for the Chamber of Commerce's Business Excellence Awards Gala.

Drumheller Co-op members favour merger

Members of the Drumheller Co-op got together Wednesday at the Greentree Mall to vote on a proposal to merge with Westview Co-op out of Olds.

Alberta Party starts up Drumheller chapter

There's a new political option for Drumheller area residents voting in the next provincial election.

UPDATE: Wheatland County Fire Under Control

Update 4:31 p.m.: All clear. Wildfire alert cancelled. Update 3:53 p.m.: The fire is under control but Wheatland County residents are advised to remain alert. A critical alert has been issued for…

Entrepreneurship is in says Community Future's Brock Harrington

Brock Harrington, the General Manager of Community Futures, returned to his alma mater last weekend. Harrington was asked to speak at Acadia University's Homecoming on Oct. 16. His topic?…

Hoover ends tenure as Starland Reeve

After ten years as Reeve of Starland County, Barrie Hoover's tenure came to an end on Monday evening when John Rew was elected to the position.

One dead in rollover west of Drumheller

A highway rollover claimed a life west of Drumheller on the weekend.

No regrets as Shoff leaves town council

It was October, 2004 when Sharel Shoff decided to put her money where her mouth is and run for Drumheller Town Council.

Body found in burning vehicle North of Drumheller

RCMP are investigating after a burning car with a body inside was found near Morrin on Monday.

Wind blamed for train derailment north of Trochu

Environment Canada warned about "truck toppling winds" on Tuesday afternoon, but they didn't say anything about trains!

UPDATE: State of Emergency Declared! Gleichen Evacuate!

UPDATE: OCT. 18 Wheatland County: Four homes were lost in the hamlet of Gleichen, two homes were lost in the hamlet of Stobart. Acadia: Two homes were reported lost in Acadia Valley. Siksika First…

Wildfire in Rosedale

Drumheller Fire Department responded to a fire this afternoon around 3pm in Rosedale on Railway Avenue.

Wildfire Alert For Wheatland County

UPDATE: 10:33PM - Wheatland County has declared a State of Local Emergency. Several running wildfires. Gleichen residents EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY! Reception Centres open at the Standard Community Hall…

Kneehill Reeve says good-bye to politics

Some long term politicians in the area find themselves out of a job after Monday's municipal elections.

RESULTS: Towns, Villages, Counties, School Districts

DRUMHELLER MAYOR (1 seat) COLBERG, Heather 2128 VOTES SHOFF, Sharel 492 VOTES

DrumhellerOnline.com is Drumheller's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Upcoming Events

22
Sep
2017
The Christians

22 September 2017 8:00 pm - 28 October 2017 8:00 pm

Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud





03
Oct
2017
WE SCARE HUNGER

03 October 2017 8:00 am - 30 October 2017 5:00 pm

Westergard Motors





17
Oct
2017
ORANGE IS THE NEW CAT

17 October 2017 2:00 pm - 31 October 2017 9:00 am

Drumheller & District Humane Society, Drumheller





20
Oct
2017
DRUMHELLER DRAGONS - AWAY GAME

20 October 2017 7:30 pm

Drayton Valley Omniplex, Drayton Valley





21
Oct
2017
BOTTLE DRIVE

21 October 2017 9:00 am - 22 October 2017 3:00 pm

Drumheller





21
Oct
2017
Grace Lutheran Church 2nd Annual Pig Roast

21 October 2017 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church





21
Oct
2017
DRUMHELLER DRAGONS - AWAY GAME

21 October 2017 7:30 pm

Revolution Arena, Grande Prairie





Login