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Hospitals illegally detain the poor for non-payment of bills

Date: Dec 6, 2017

Researchers estimate that hundreds of thousands of people are being illegally detained in hospitals in poor countries worldwide because they cannot afford to pay their bills, according to a new paper published by British think tank, Chatham House.

In the report, experts reviewed nine studies and media accounts from 2003 to 2017 and found nearly one-thousand cases of patients held by hospitals. 

The researchers say based on that data, the rate of detentions reported and the size of the countries where the reports originated are likely hundreds of thousands of people being held illegally every year.

In the report, experts reviewed nine studies and media accounts from 2003 to 2017 and found nearly 1 000 cases of patients held by hospitals.

The researchers say based on that data, the rate of detentions reported and the size of the countries where the reports originated, there are likely hundreds of thousands of people being held illegally every year.

--News24--

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