My sister was charged $40 just for crying in front of doctor at health clinic

charged $40 just for crying in front of doctor

A patient who had to wait for an appointment was charged $40 by a health clinic just for crying when she finally got to see a doctor, it is claimed.

A woman said her sister was hit with the charge for an “emotional and behavioral assessment” simply for shedding a tear, but the doctor did nothing to help her.

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New York-based YouTuber Camille Johnson shared the tale on Twitter explaining her sister has a rare disease and has been struggling to find appropriate care.

She posted a picture of the bill with the caption: “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.”

The YouTuber said her sister “got emotional because she feels frustrated and helpless.”

She added: “One tear in and they charged her $40 without addressing why she is crying, trying to help, doing any evaluation, any prescription, nothing.”

Camille noted that her sister got charged for her tears more than for some of her tests which cost between $15 and $30.

She said: “They charged her more for crying than they did for a vision assessment 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 supporting comments with many Twitter users sharing their own experiences with extra charges for crying.

One said: “Tell me you live in America without telling me that you live in America”

Another one commented: “I mean, they charge a mother for holding her baby after it’s born so this doesn’t surprise me in the least”

One wrote: “a nurse once used a tip on my daughter’s ear to get a better view with the otoscope and we got charged a bunch for the 3-second twirl.

“once when getting a vax, a nurse asked who my doc was I said “I don’t have one”, and she said “you should get one” and charged me $80 for the advice”.