The National Health Insurance Authority is proposing an exclusive tax on sugar-sweetened and alcoholic beverages as additional source of funding for any National Medical health insurance Scheme.
The new levy could well be don beverage companies, which would be taxed depending on how much sugar is due to many along with the money realised used in the “health box” in the Scheme.
Dr. Samuel Annor, Top dog within the Authority gave the hint at the Organised Labour forum on NHIA in Ho on government’s proposal to deduct one more one per-cent of workers salary to the Scheme.
He said the tax is needed maintain your health of buyers for these products and lower intake of such products towards lowering healthcare costs.
Dr. Annor said the intake of sugary and alcohol-based drinks posed ailments to consumers and the the tax on such products would help help the financial status of your Scheme, which could benefit consumers.
He said the Scheme wasn’t in the position to function efficiently as a result of financial budgeting and said taxing such products is needed revive the Scheme.
Dr Annor said every health scheme need to have at the least 6 months reserve fund due to its beneficiaries but Ghana had none, on account of unavailability of fund.