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Burundi patients detained

15th September 2006

A report from the  Human Rights Watch organisation 'A High Price to Pay: The Detention of Poor Patients in Hospitals' says that hundreds of patients are illegally detained in Burundi's hospitals, sometimes for months, because they can't afford their medical bills.  Many are women who unexpectedly needed caesarean deliveries.

Patients were kept on the wards, guarded by security staff of the hospital, or were held in a separate room, says the report. It goes on to say that sometimes they had to give up their beds to paying patients, and did not receive further medical treatment once the bill had reached a large amount, even if they needed additional medical care.

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