From the comments:
“Such things now happen all the time in Muslim-occupied Western Europe. Muslim men routinely not only accompany their wives to a doctor’s office, but into that office, and insist on having all questions addressed to them, and all of their wives’ answers mediated through them — even in cases where an interpreter is present.
“And of course this slows things up, makes the taking of a history much more difficult — sometimes impossible, if the man decides the doctor should not hear this, or that, or if the presnce [sic] of the husband inhibits, as it well might in some cases, the wife.
“I have heard about this not indirectly, but directly from doctors in Italy. Some are at their wits’ end.”