Woman mistakenly taken to psychiatric hospital billed $60

Jan. 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM
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KALMAR, Sweden, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Swedish woman mistakenly taken to a psychiatric hospital instead of her neighbor said she was billed $60 for the visit.

The woman, identified only as Erika, told the Barometern newspaper she was at home Jan. 2 when two police officers knocked on her door and told her she was to be taken to the local psychiatric emergency room in Kalmar, TheLocal.se reported Thursday.

"I said it had to be a mistake. They were very kind, but they said they had no more information and that I was coming with them," Erika said.

Erika said she was taken to the hospital and was told by a nurse that a person, later revealed to be one of her neighbors, had called the emergency services number and was having suicidal thoughts. Erika said she was still made to speak to a psychologist before she was released.

"I have never visited a psychologist or a psychiatrist my entire life, but after this I might well have to," she said.

Erika said she was shocked to receive an invoice charging her $60 for her forced hospital visit.

A representative for the hospital apologized for the incident and the invoice. The representative said the invoice would be taken care of by officials.

Erika said the incident was very distressing for her, given her family's experiences in their country of origin, which she did not identify.

"Twenty years ago, my father was picked up by police the same way and taken to a concentration camp," she said.

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