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TikTok user @_sam_goodwin became famous for complaining that the US healthcare system charged him too much money to take off points suturing a wound.
In a video that already has more than 5.2 million views so far, Sam recounted his experience with an American health care bill.
Sam claims to have cut his finger late at night, after all the local urgent care centers had closed.
Realizing that the wound required urgent attention, the person went to a hospital for treatment, where five stitches were placed that would remain for two weeks.
Upon his discharge from the hospital, he received a bill for the medical services rendered. Although the total cost was $3,800, Sam ultimately paid $1,900 after using his insurance..
Sam made an appointment at a local urgent care center affiliated with the hospital when it was time for the stitches to be removed.
When she got there, she was told that she would have to return to the hospital where the stitches had been put in to have them removed. However, he was also told that this procedure would be free.
Sam says she went to the hospital and told them about what she was told at the urgent care center, noting that she was told the stitch removal would be free. Unfortunately, the hospital informed him that he would actually have to pay to have them removed.
The patient did not disclose how much more money he would be charged, but commented that he had already paid too much.
Sam told them that then he would just remove the stitches himself. Apparently, the nurse took pity on him, and to help him, she gave him a kit that included sterilized scissors and a pair of tweezers.
“That’s a little story about healthcare in America. $1,900 will get you five stitches, and then the nurses will have to go behind the hospital’s back to treat you,” she said.
In response, some commenters suggested that Sam should have simply used super glue to close the wound himself, rather than go to the hospital for stitches.
At this, Sam said that he didn’t want to risk getting a serious infection in his bloodstream, so he instead decided to remove the stitches himself.
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