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AP Examines How Hospitals Detain Patients Who Cannot Afford Bills In First Of 2-Part Series

Associated Press: AP Investigation: Hospital patients held hostage for cash
“…At Kenyatta National Hospital [in Kenya] and at an astonishing number of other hospitals around the world, if you don’t pay up, you don’t go home. … Dozens of doctors, nurses, health experts, patients, and administrators told the Associated Press of imprisonments in hospitals in at least 30 other countries, including Nigeria and Congo, China and Thailand, Lithuania and Bulgaria, and others in Latin America and the Middle East. The AP investigation built on a report last year by the British think-tank Chatham House; its experts found more than 60 press reports of patient detention in 14 countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa…” (Cheng, 10/25).

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