The North Kentville woman was driving home from her doctor's office in Wolfville in April when she suddenly got a bad headache and became disoriented. She drove off the road into a farmer's field.
Eventually she drove her four-wheel-drive truck into a water-filled trench. After 30 hours inside the truck without food or water, she crawled to a farmhouse and called 911.
The 800-metre crawl took her about eight hours.
"I had crawled up and I didn't know where I was, so I had to call 911 to find out," Hopkins said Friday.
"I'd been gone for three days, I knew my husband would be really, really worried."
An ambulance took her to a hospital.
Hopkins subsequently got a $711.60 ambulance charge from Emergency Health Services. She was told her trip fell under the motor vehicle accident category, but she was not in a collision.
"I received an ambulance bill, which I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting it to be almost what I make in a month, almost my entire month's pension," she said.
"I kind of lost my faith in the health system."
Hopkins thinks she should be charged the non-collision rate of $142.30.
"When I got the bill, I called them and told them that it wasn't a motor vehicle accident. And they said, 'Well, that's the way they do it,'" she said.
"I can't understand why it's so much. There was no collision. I told them that and they wouldn't believe me."