A PATIENT has been billed £32 by a health clinic for reportedly crying in front of the doctor after waiting for an appointment.
The bizarre incident took place in the United States, where a cold-hearted clinic charged a woman with “emotional and behavioral assessment” for lacerating.
New York-based YouTuber Camille Johnson shared the story on Twitter, explaining that her sister has a rare disease and is struggling to find adequate care.
She posted a picture of the bill with the caption: “My little sister has been really struggling with a health issue lately and finally needed to see a doctor. They charged her $40 for crying.”
The YouTuber said her sister “got emotional because she felt frustrated and helpless.”
She added, “One tear and they charged her $40, not addressing why she’s crying, trying to help, do an assessment, prescription, nothing.”
Camille noted that her sister was being charged more for her tears than for some of her tests, which cost between $15 and $30.
She said: “They charged her more for crying than for an eye test.
“They charged her more for crying than for a hemoglobin test.
“They charged her more for crying than for a health risk assessment.
“They charged her more for crying than for a capillary blood draw.”
Her post received hundreds of supportive comments, with many Twitter users sharing their own experiences of additional charges for crying.
One said, “Tell me you live in America without telling me you live in America.”
Another commented, “I mean they accuse a mother of holding her baby after birth so that doesn’t surprise me in the least.”
One wrote: “A nurse once used a cotton swab on my daughter’s ear to get a better view with the otoscope and we were charged a lot for the 3 second rotation.
“Once when I got a Vax, a nurse asked who my doctor was. I said, “I don’t have one,” she said, “You should get one,” and charged me $80 for the advice.”
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