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US woman shocked after being charged $40 'for crying' during doctor’s appointment

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 19 May 2022, 16:19 IST
US woman shocked after being charged $40 'for crying'

A US woman not long ago shared that her sister was asked to pay 40 dollars “for crying” at a doctor's appointment.

Taking to Twitter, Camille Johnson, who is a popular YouTuber, posted an image of her sister's medical invoice in which she underlined a section of the invoice that docked her sibling for a “brief emotional/behavioural assessment”.

In the subsequent tweet, the woman elucidated that her sister has a “rare disease” and “got emotional because she feels frustrated and helpless” as she is struggled to find care.

The bill displayed that Ms Johnson's sister had visited the doctor back in January for her illness. The various cost of the doctor's visit included a vision assessment test priced at $20, a $15 haemoglobin test, a capillary blood draw for $30 and a preventative health screening which cost $350. However, what caught Ms Johnson's attention was the $40 charge for “crying”.


In a Twitter thread, the 25-year-old woman wrote, “One tear in and they charged her $40 without addressing why she is crying, trying to help, doing any evaluation, any prescription, nothing.”

Since being uploaded, the picture has gone viral with over 486,000 likes and thousands of comments. Internet users shared their own experiences with overcharged medical bills, while others offered tips and advice on how to negotiate.

“When I got surgery this past June to remove a tumour, I asked them what ‘Women's services' was for. It was for the pregnancy test they administered,” one person wrote, adding, “$1,902 to pee and for them to dip a stick into it. Thankfully most was covered by insurance but geez”. “Tell me you live in America without telling me that you live in America,” another user replied.

As maintained by the Independent, a brief emotional/behavioural assessment is a mental health screening that tests for signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, suicidal risk or substance abuse. It is usually issued as a questionnaire that is handed out and filled in before seeing the doctor.

Nevertheless, Ms Johnson told the media that her sister was never evaluated. She reportedly claimed that the doctor at the facility noticed her sister's tears but didn’t say anything. Ms Johnson revealed that the health care centre did not evaluate her sister for depression or other mental illnesses. Her sibling did not even talk to a specialist, was not referred to anyone nor was she prescribed anything.

The woman said that thankfully her younger sister was covered by her father's insurance plan, which helped pay the bill. Now, she hopes that sharing her sister's medical bill online can help change how the US healthcare system treats others.

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First published: 19 May 2022, 16:19 IST