The governor of New York has declared a state of emergency over polio, following two other states of emergency over COVID-19 and monkeypox. While encouraging polio vaccinations is important, New York should consider trust issues as well before scaring residents over a single known polio case.
For decades gratitude payments were a permanent ill of the Hungarian healthcare system. Informal payments overshadowed doctor-patient relations as they were unethical, and they also disadvantaged the least fortunate. As in 2021 informal payments were criminalised by the government, suddenly there is a decline in the frequency of this harmful habit.