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At Kenyatta National Hospital and at an astonishing number of hospitals around the world, if you don't pay up, you don't go home.An Associated Press investigation has found evidence of hospital imprisonments in more than 30 countries worldwide, according to hospital records, patient lists and interviews with dozens of doctors, nurses, health academics, patients and administrators.Of more than 20 hospitals visited by the AP in Congo, only one did not detain patients.Health experts decry hospital imprisonment as a human rights violation.Hospitals often acknowledge that detaining patients isn't profitable, but many say it can sometimes result in a partial payment and may serve as a deterrent.The CDC declined to comment on whether it was aware that patients were regularly detained at the two hospitals or if it condones the practice.Many Kenyan human rights advocates lament that hospitals continue to hold patients despite what was seen as a landmark judgment in 2015 .Omuya said she is still psychologically scarred by her detention at Pumwani, especially after another recent run-in with a Nairobi hospital.
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