United States: a patient overcharged for crying during her medical consultation

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A young American said that a facility had charged her younger sister $40 because she had cried during the consultation. Camille Johnson shared her testimony on social networks.

It is a testimony” which caused a stir on the other side of the Atlantic. Camille Johnson, a 25-year-old American, claims that her little sister was overcharged by a New York hospital. The reason? The young patient would have simply cried. The Independent share this story. According to the American media, Camille Johnson decided to share her outrage on social networks: her post was retweeted 68,000 times.

My little sister has been really struggling with a health condition lately and finally got to see a doctor. They charged her $40 for crying. pic.twitter.com/fbvOWDzBQM

— Camille Johnson (@OffbeatLook) May 17, 2022

In fact, last January, the young American accompanied her little sister to the hospital because of a rare disease. Blood test, eye test… The doctor carried out a complete health check. The Johnson family finally receives the bill for the home consultation: “My little sister has suffered a lot from a health problem lately and was finally able to see a doctor. They charged her 40 dollars for crying, explains Camille on Twitter. My sister struggled to access care. She was overwhelmed with emotion because of her frustration and helplessness.”

40 dollars on the bill

On the invoice sent by the hospital, it is indeed mentioned “brief emotional and behavioral evaluation”. Cost of care: 40 dollars (37.70 euros). In the United States, since 2015, health professionals have indeed been authorized to charge for what is called an “emotional evaluation”: it is for the specialist to screen for mental illness, anxiety disorders or possible depression.

Camille Johnson claims, however, that no specialist has examined her sister “whether for depression or other mental illnesses” and that “nothing has therefore been prescribed for her and nothing has been done to improve her mental health. “. According to the young American, “no one tried to understand why she was crying or tried to help her”. This affirms the need for a “radical change in the health sector”.

The story ends well in the end: his father’s insurance finally covered the costs required by the health establishment.

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