Amid criticism and concern that their stance on Ebola quarantine will discourage voluntarism in Ebola-infected countries, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a plan on Thursday that offers financial incentives to doctors willing to fight the virus abroad, reported The Observer
“I’m doing this because I think it’s something we need to do,” de Blasio said on Thursday during a public safety briefing. “Gov. Cuomo and I discussed it, and believed equally that this is something the city and the state could contribute to ending the crisis.”
The plan, similar to the military reserves plan, would ensure those who travel to West Africa to treat Ebola would have their pay, health care, and employment status when they return — and are reimbursed for pay if it is not provided during a quarantine.
In the United States of America, a country of over 330 million people, there remains only one case of Ebola, de Blasio pointed out, referring to the single remaining patient in New York, Craig Spencer.