Trading Freedom for Medicine

All too often, poor people in low- and middle-income countries who can’t pay for medical treatment end up imprisoned in hospitals, according to this commentary.

“The detention of poor patients is indisputably a violation of human rights,” write Michael Otremba, Gretchen Berland, and Joseph J. Amon. They point out that the practice has received little international focus.

“Patient detainment serves as a clear indicator that a health-care system is failing to protect its population from the catastrophic cost of care.”
The Lancet Global Health

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