During a minor surgery, a woman found that displaying her emotional distress cost her. Really.
@mxmclain on Twitter posted a bill showing she was charged for “brief emotion”
On her medical invoice for a mole removal procedure, Midge claimed she was also charged $11 for “crying.” She had been charged $223 for the physician’s work for the mole removal plus an additional item – “brief emotion = $11.” She was also given a $2 discount as a result of her shedding only one tear. The image of the bill was tweeted by Midge with the caption: Mole removal: $223, Crying: extra.
As soon as Midge shared her tweet, Twitter erupted with jokes about America’s high healthcare costs.
“How long did you cry?” One person asked. “I just want to know the going rate.”.
Another said, “This can’t be real.”. And to think I was just experiencing emotions for free.
Another said they would “start charging my children this way.”
indy100.com reports that for people in Canada, the UK, Spain, and other places that enjoyed free medical care, being charged for surgery is puzzling. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that people are shocked at the thought of being charged more.
Someone wrote: “This accurately describes the American healthcare system.”.
“Jesus, I should have hidden my tears better.”. “I’ll owe them a lot of money after I leave the hospital,” another joked.
Another person concurred with Midge and said, “This really happens… I got charged extra for my first blood test because they decided to run my blood through a depression test I didn’t authorize.”
Midge told indy100 that she received a depression screening test during a routine annual physical and that she didn’t realize it wasn’t covered by insurance.
“It was basically 10 questions about mental health,” she said,When she received the bill, she also explained that the charge wasn’t for “crying,” but rather it was coded to print as “Brief Emotion,” which is shorthand for “brief emotional assessment.”