"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," Camille wrote in the thread.
"She has a rare disease so she's been really struggling to find care. She 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."
She concluded the thread with an appeal to the one US lawmaker who would surely agree this was preposterous.
"@BernieSanders I've always wanted to tell you i love you. Maybe you will see this. Thank you for your work."
Kathy Griffin — who recently battled cancer — was appalled, but not surprised:
I’ve had not one, but TWO fancy (male) surgeons who clearly displayed to me that they’d be FINE with this kind of broken bullsh*t. One said “Oh, you’re one of those extra sensitive people.” Y’know, those of us with cancer and half a lung, get kinda sensitive. https://t.co/nWkPfogVyF
"I've had not one, but TWO fancy (male) surgeons who clearly displayed to me that they'd be FINE with this kind of broken bullsh*t," the comedian wrote. "One said 'Oh, you're one of those extra sensitive people.' Y'know, those of us with cancer and half a lung, get kinda sensitive."
Camille's tweet received hundreds of thousands of reactions on Twitter, of sympathy, compassion and well-wishes... but again, not much shock:
Sending your sister so much love. I have a rare disease as well, and it’s impossible to go over my symptoms or ask for help from the doctor without some emotionally upheaved tears. This billing practice is inhumane. Thank you for speaking out about this.
My gawd. My daughter has MS and is being treated in London with very expensive meds for the Nationally agreed prescription cost of £10. Also, #NHS automatically gave her several therapy sessions, because they know that there's an emotional struggle.
A trick I’ve learned to do if you ever go to a hospital and have to pay is to ask for an itemized bill. Hospitals will actually reduce the amount you owe because they won’t put “bandaid $10”. Its worked for me before & others. Look it up online.
I got charged over $2,000 for an emergency room trip for a nosebleed that wouldn't stop. I had to wait so long, the nurse moved me into a room because I was bleeding all over the waiting room. Doc never saw me, it stopped bleeding before he arrived.