News 24 | Health: No private health institution has the right to detain patients in return for any financial dues

The Ministry of Health reiterated that no private health institution has the right to keep the original identification papers or to detain patients, newborns, or the bodies of the deceased in return for financial dues to them.

She stressed the need for the health institution to take legal measures to collect its dues through official channels, and it must immediately inform the nearest competent security authority and the Directorate of Health Affairs in the region about any criminal incident, or death that occurs to patients who are visiting them, or who are in-patients there.

She pointed out that this obligation also includes reporting any criminal incident in which the injured resorted to seeking ambulance or treatment, and that she should keep a complete record of traffic accidents and injuries.

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