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HIDDEN INGREDIENT: The proposed sugar tax at 2.29c per gram translates into a 20% tax on fizzy drinks and other added-sugar drinks, the industry argued this week. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Sugar tax will be borne by the poor

It may come as a surprise to many, but health is not the only factor worthy of consideration for sin taxes; enjoyment should also count, writes Garth Zietsman

Study appears to vindicate California’s tax on sugary drinks

Both the UK and SA plan to tax sugary drinks, but Britain’s finance minister has provided far more details. Picture: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT

But the first peer-reviewed research measuring the impact of a tax on sugar consumption acknowledges other factors may also have come into play

Gems members to feel the pain as fund clamps down

Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Government Employees Medical Scheme is scrambling to deal with unexpected spike in hospital claims, which has put pressure on its solvency claims

Mend healthcare by all pulling in unison

Lubabalo Mthembu was injured in the collapse of a shopping mall in Tongaat in November 2013. Access to quality healthcare is a basic human right, the writer states. Picture:  SUNDAY TIMES

National Health Insurance is the way to better care, but the state cannot do it alone, writes Anna Mokgokong

Using tax to promote health is not a new idea, says Treasury’s Cecil Morden

Picture: ISTOCK

Studies suggest a 10%-20% price hike in sugary beverages may be necessary to have a meaningful effect on health outcomes, Morden says


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