Oliver Jones, of Tulsa, Oklahoma recently shared an itemized breakdown of the bill he received from a hospital stay last year after a suicide attempt with the caption:
"This is how expensive it is to attempt suicide in the US."
The bill, which totalled over 93,000, is a stark reminder of what is wrong with the American healthcare system.
Jones said his out-of-pocket costs for the stay were $2,850 because of insurance, but that he would have been financially devastated if not for that insurance. Not exactly a great thing for someone who is already suicidal to have to deal with.
This is how expensive it is to attempt suicide in the US. https://t.co/QHEzNcDeyB— oliver garden (@oliver garden)1555368417.0
Several Twitter users responded with their similar stories.
@alcumist THIS!!! in 2017 I was in the psych ward cause I was suicidal. I stayed a weekend. I’m now 10k in debt.… https://t.co/WPahJUMzfA— ♡ (@♡)1555383780.0
@alcumist yes! I’m so glad I didn’t stay longer cause I don’t wanna be more in debt but you can’t even get help w/o… https://t.co/zQHuoo3ekX— ♡ (@♡)1555384941.0
@alcumist The absolute fuckery of it all.. I’m paying $100+ a month for at least a year for being involuntarily thr… https://t.co/D7omTNO6I8— Mak 🌿 (@Mak 🌿)1555388204.0
@alcumist I think mine was ~*only*~ $32,000 😐 I wound up with a $5200 bill after insurance. I’ve been paying $50/m… https://t.co/rUGsZYX6wZ— andi (@andi)1555415132.0
Those from other countries were especially shocked at the cost.
@alcumist @Mappvilla How can this be a thing? I'm brazilian, we have way less money, still, some weeks ago my grand… https://t.co/5W6YHbN96b— Esquerdobixo na ufrgs (@Esquerdobixo na ufrgs)1555446521.0
@alcumist It always amazes me that there are Americans whom would still defend their healthcare system.— RedGrapes (@RedGrapes)1555383906.0
Some were apparently less empathetic.
@Mappvilla You'd be surprised at the amount of people in my mentions and DMs saying how "good" and "appropriate" this bill is— oliver garden (@oliver garden)1555383961.0
In a 2018 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which involved over 120,000 youth ages 11-19, more than half of the participants who identified as "transgender, female to male" had attempted suicide.
This was even more likely in youth who were also non-heterosexual.
Combine this with the 2015 Johns Hopkins findings that some hospitals are marking up prices of treatments by over 1000% (yes, that's one thousand percent), and you have a recipe for disaster.
Oliver touched on the problem in an interview with The New York Post:
"Receiving bills and notices for something that will likely take me years to pay off is…disheartening. It leaves a hopeless feeling."
If you are considering suicide, or just need someone to talk to, there are people out there who are willing to listen and want to help.
The Trans Lifeline is a peer-support hotline dedicated to support for trans and trans-questioning people. They can be reached at 877-565-8860.
The Trevor Project provides help to LGBTQ youth. Their hotline can be reached by calling 1-866-488-7386 or texting START to 678678.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also provides support and crisis intervention. They can be reached by calling 1-800-273-8255
There are also local services and support groups available throughout the United States.