The healthcare system in the United States is nightmarish. You never really know what you’re going to get billed for, or for how much, or what your insurance will actually cover — if you even have insurance at all. And now YouTuber Camille Johnson is drawing attention to how tedious some of these charges can be.

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Johnson recently wrote on Twitter that her “little sister has been really struggling with a health condition lately and finally got to see a doctor.” But upon receiving the bill, discovered “they charged her $40 for crying.”

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A photo of the bill itself has a $40 charge for “brief emotional/behav assmt” wedged in between a $30 blood draw charge and a $350 charge for “prev visit est age 18-39.”

“She has a rare disease so she’s been really struggling to find care,” Johnson elaborated. “She got emotional because she feels frustrated and helpless. One tear in and they charged her $40 without addressing why she is crying, trying to help, doing any evaluation, any prescription, nothing.”

If this sounds familiar, it’s because another similar situation went viral last September, when someone was charged $11.00 for “Brief Emotion” while getting a mole removed.

In both situations, people pointed out that Brief Emotional Behavior Assessment is code for a mental health assessment, although some suggested it’s still a little questionable.

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Overall, the Twitter thread just prompted more frustrations with how dysfunctional the U.S. healthcare system is.

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*First Published: May 23, 2022, 6:53 am