Crying at the doctor and receiving a bill… As surprising as it may be, Camille Johnson’s little sister received a bill of 37 euros for “crying” during her appointment with the GP…

Doctor’s appointments are never taken lightly. A young woman recently had an even more surprising disappointment when she received a bill for 37 euros for crying during her medical interview.

On her social networks, Camille Johnson, 25, shared a photo of her younger sister’s medical bill which clearly indicated the billing for this emotional gap…

The price of a tear

“My little sister has had a lot of health problems lately and was finally able to see a doctor,” said Camille, adding “He made her pay 37 euros for crying” in the caption of the photo of the invoice where the tears were. noted as “Emotional brief”. In her message, Camille explained that her sister, who has a rare disease, had “become emotional because she feels frustrated and helpless”, a feeling accentuated by the difficulty of being treated for her “A tear and they charged her 37 euros without explaining why she is crying, trying to help, doing an assessment, a prescription, nothing,” she noted. , collecting more than 425,000 likes and thousands of comments, shocked by the conduct of the doctor.

Improving the health system

In her testimony, Camille indicated that “the brief” cost more than an eye test, a hemoglobin test, a health risk assessment and a blood test. This very brief “scan” is a mental health screening that tests for signs of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, suicide risk, or substance abuse. It is usually issued in the form of a questionnaire which is often handed out and completed before seeing the doctor. A procedure billed since 2015, when it was included as part of the Affordable Care Act. Camille, however, claimed that her sister had never been evaluated, the doctor having only noticed her sister’s tears without adding anything. “They didn’t evaluate her for depression or other mental illnesses, nor did they discuss her mental health with her,” she commented in the New York Post newspaper, “She didn’t never talked to a specialist, wasn’t referred to anyone, didn’t prescribe anything and they didn’t do anything to improve her mental health.” Covered by their father’s medical insurance, the family is nevertheless shocked “We need a radical change in the health sector, and I thought that sharing a true story online would be a good way to open the conversation and to help advocate for change” explained Camille, concluding “I really hope that this tweet can encourage the improvement of our health system and be a warning for the future”.

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