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Kamloops care home resident sued by Interior Health over $120K unpaid bill


Interior Health is suing a senior care home resident over an unpaid $120,000 bill.

According to a Notice of Claim filed in the BC Supreme Court May 31, Georgina Anne Obre has been living at the Overlander Extended Care Facility in Kamloops since 2017 but has paid little for her residential care since.

The notice of claim says Obre has accumulated an outstanding debt of $120,462 in the last six years of living in the 183-bed long-term care facility.

"Ms. Obre agreed to become a resident of Overlander Extended Care and to be responsible for the costs associated," the court documents say. "Ms. Obre entered into a contract with Interior Health, the terms of which were partly oral, partly in writing and partly evidenced by conduct, whereby Interior Health agreed to provide accommodation and health care services to Ms. Obre and Ms. Obre was and remains obliged to pay Interior Health for the accommodation and services provided to her through Overlander Extended Care."

The Notice of Claim says in 2017 the monthly rate for the care home was $1,104 which had increased to $1,433 by 2023.

The court documents don't explain why but show the monthly rates in 2018 and 2019 as $3,278 and $3,377 respectively.

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In 2020, Obre paid $2,379 towards her care, and in 2021 she paid $5,948.

"Ms. Obre has made no other payments against her account with Interior Health," the court documents say.

The documents give no information about Obre's financial situation.

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The court filing shows Interior Health issued Obre a payment demand in March.

"Since the date of the demand, no payments have been made to Interior Health against the debt," the court documents say.

The court documents don't give any indication of Obre's health or age, but a decade-old Vancouver Police missing person release suggests she's now 71.

Interior Health said it could not speak specifically about matters before the court but that supports are available to people who require financial advice or assistance with long-term care home payments.

No indication is given in the court documents about whether Ombr is eligible for any financial assistance or what will happen to her if she fails to pay.

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The Overlander Extended Care Facility did not return our calls for comment.

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