Healthcare

Politics • American • US
Trump tweets that he has signed an executive order to lower drug prices
Trump tweets that he has signed an executive order to lower drug prices
Credit: @realDonaldTrump via twitter

President Donald Trump posted a tweet on Sunday, stating that he had signed an executive order to lower drug prices.

"Just signed a new Executive Order to LOWER DRUG PRICES! My Most Favored Nation order will ensure that our Country gets the same low price Big Pharma gives to other countries. The days of global freeriding at America’s expense are over...," Trump tweeted on Sunday. "...and prices are coming down FAST! Also just ended all rebates to middlemen, further reducing prices."

Health
Africa declared free of wild polio by World Health Organization
Somali boy receives a polio vaccination
Somali boy receives a polio vaccination Credit: PV2 Andrew W. McGalliard (Public Domain)

Health officials from the World Health Organization have announced that all 47 countries in the WHO’s Africa region have eradicated the crippling viral disease that attacks the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis within hours.

Health
Austria: Cancer treatments during the lockdown drop by 20 per cent
Austria: Cancer treatments during the lockdown drop by 20 per cent
Credit: Adhy Savala

A first, preliminary study has found that in the case of cancer treatments in Austria, hospital stays have fallen by 20 per cent because many examinations were postponed, but also because these patients belong to the risk group and may therefore not have dared to go to the hospital according to Karin Eglau of Gesundheit Österreich GmbH.

In the case of heart attacks, there were 25 per cent fewer stays, in the case of accidents even 50 per cent fewer. Hospital stays due to strokes; on the other hand, have only decreased minimally.

Business • Health Care
France: Health care workers get pay rises worth €8 billion
France: Health care workers get pay rises worth €8 billion
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France will spend €8 billion in pay rise to health care workers. This results in an average monthly pay increase of €183. The deal was signed by trade unions and both Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Véran. Castex called this deal a "historic moment for our health system".

Politics • European • France
French Prime Minister announces that "significant" pay raises for workers in health care

The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced that as part of an overhaul of the countries hospital system, the workers in health care would "without any ambiguity" receive "significant" raises in their pay. The countries starting salaries for nurses are currently among the lowest in the OECD group.