Patient charged $ 40 for crying during doctors appointment

A woman with a “rare disease” reportedly shed a single tear in front of her doctor, who noticed it, said nothing, and then snatched $ 40 from her.

Talk about adhesive shock.

A New York woman recently claimed that her sister was charged $ 40 “for crying” on a doctor’s appointment.

Camille Johnson, 25, a popular YouTube and Internet personality, shared a photo of her younger brother’s medical bill.

“My little sister has really been struggling with a health condition lately and finally got to see a doctor. They charged her $ 40 for crying, “she captioned the photo of her in a tweet.

The image highlighted a segment of the bill that hooked her sister for a “BRIEF EMOTIONAL / BEHAV ASSMT”.

In the Twitter thread, she explained that her sister has a “rare disease” and “got excited because she feels frustrated and helpless,” as she reportedly struggled to find assistance.

“One tear and they charged her $ 40 without addressing why she’s crying, trying to help, doing any evaluation, any prescription, nothing,” she wrote.

The photo went viral with over 54,000 retweets and 425,000 likes, as well as thousands of comments from people who expressed their shock.

In the thread, Johnson also noted that the “evaluation” costs more than an eyesight test, hemoglobin test, a health risk assessment, and a capillary blood draw.

A brief emotional / behavioral assessment is a mental health screening that checks for signs of attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, suicidal risk, or substance abuse. It is usually issued as a questionnaire which is often distributed and filled out before seeing the doctor.

Doctors have tested and charged for the test in the United States since 2015, when it became a federal mandate as part of the Affordable Care Act “to include mental health services as part of the essential benefits that must be included in all insurance plans offered in and small group markets “.

However, Johnson told The Independent that her sister was never evaluated. He claimed that the doctor from the unnamed medical facility noticed her sister’s tears but said nothing.

“They didn’t evaluate her for depression or any other mental illness, nor did they discuss her mental health with her,” Johnson said. “She has never spoken to a specialist, she has not been referred to anyone, she has not been prescribed anything and they have done nothing to help her with her mental health.”

And while Johnson’s sister is covered by her father’s medical insurance, the family is still in shock.

“We need a drastic change in the healthcare industry and I thought sharing a real-life story online would be a good way to open the conversation and help support the change,” he said. “I really hope this tweet will spur improvement in our healthcare system as well as being a warning for the future.”

The viral post sparked a conversation about confusing and high prices of medical care in the United States.

Twitter user Lauren Cugliotta responded to Johnson’s post with a photo of her own medical bill showing when she was charged nearly $ 2,000 for “women’s services” – which she said doctors was the cost of a test. pregnancy.

He captioned the photo: “$ 1902 to pee and dip a stick in.”

Another woman who claimed to be a nurse commented that her daughter was charged $ 44 for “skin-to-skin contact” after giving birth.

“In other words, when they dropped my grandson on his chest after the umbilical cord was cut. I guess the cheaper alternative was to drop it on the ground? they tweeted.

A Twitter user claimed they were charged $ 250 after a gastrointestinal specialist simply walked into their room to greet them.

“Once, when I didn’t have insurance, I ended up in hospital with Crohn’s disease. The hospital doctor said the gastrointestinal specialist who did the rounds would stop by to report before I was discharged. GI doc greeted me, gave me a business card and said I should call for an appointment. He later sent me a bill for $ 250. I put his business card in an envelope with the bill and a card saying I only know one profession that charges social calls, and it wasn’t much fun. Never heard from them again, “they shared.

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation study found that half of American adults said they have postponed or skipped some type of health or dental care in the past year due to the cost.

As for Johnson’s debacle, many users have been stunned by the hefty, sometimes unclear or obscure medical allegations faced in the United States.

“Tell me you live in America without telling me you live in America,” one tweeter summed up the frustration of the majority.

This article was originally published by New York post and reproduced with permission

Originally published as Shocked patient charged $ 40 “for crying” during doctor’s appointment

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