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HRW: A High Price to Pay: Detention of Poor Patients in Burundian Hospitals

September 2006


This Human Rights Watch report documents how Burundian hospitals in 2005 detained hundreds of indigent patients, sometimes in inhumane conditions. Many of those detained were women giving birth who unexpectedly needed caesarean deliveries. In some cases, hospital authorities refused further medical care to those who could not pay their bills and forced them to vacate their beds for wealthier incoming patients.

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