Friday, September 23, 2011

No tax for health system - at this stage

By Khanyisa Tabata
223 September 2011

The National Treasury is not planning to introduce a tax to fund the government's National Health Insurance system in the short term.

The Hospital Association of South Africa says deputy director-general of public finance Andrew Donaldson has indicated that considering South Africa's constrained fiscus, it would be difficult to raise additional taxes at this stage.

Donaldson says discussion papers will be released early next year before financing arrangements for healthcare will be changed.

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