Tens of thousands of Hungarians are on long medical waiting lists due to backlogs in a corrupt healthcare system. Investigative reporters found the Hungarian government of Victor Orban spent hundreds of millions of euros on unused medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, with public money ending up in the pockets of shady businessmen.
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In Romania, recent indictments highlight the role of healthcare workers in diverting funds from patient care. In Poland, the state paid tens of millions of euros to an arms dealer for medical equipment that, in part, was never delivered. While in the Czech Republic, public tenders during the pandemic were corruptly steered to businesses selling unlicensed respirators.
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