Some American nurses are facing pay cuts. But around the world, many are getting huge raises.
“It has been such a great relief,” said Rebecca Kumah, 35, who treats covid-19 patients on the night shift in the capital, Accra. “Our sacrifice is recognized.”
Hazard pay has become a rallying cry and a source of controversy around the world as health-care workers risk their lives on the front lines — often without adequate supplies or protection. Ghana is offering some of the globe’s most generous additional benefits while a number of nations move to expand their support for those laboring in highly infectious environments.
Canada announced salary hikes. France pledged bonuses for doctors and nurses as part of its $120 billion rescue package. Russia made a similar promise — though some emergency responders have not seen the cash. An Iraqi governor said public health employees would be rewarded with free land. The United Kingdom is paying families of medical workers who die of covid-19, the disease the virus causes, a lump sum of 60,000 euros, or about $65,000.
American officials have repeatedly …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]